“Noise Robust Classification”
Thursday March 9, 2023 | Time 11:00am CET
Supervised learning from noisy output is one of the classic problems in machine learning. While this task is relatively straightforward in regression since independent additive noise cancels out with big data, classification from noisy labels is still a challenging research topic. Recently, it has been shown that when the noise transition matrix which specifies the label flipping probability is available, the bias caused by label noise can be elimiated by appropriately correcting the loss function. However, when the noise transition matrix is unknown, which is often the case in practice, its estimation only from noisy labels alone is not straightforward due to its non-identifiability. In this talk, I will give an overview of recent advances in classification from noisy labels, including joint estimation of the noise transition matrix and a classifier, analysis of identifiability conditions, and extension to instance-dependent noise.
Masashi Sugiyama received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2001. He has been a professor at the University of Tokyo since 2014, and also the director of the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) since 2016. His research interests include theories and algorithms of machine learning. In 2022, he received the Award for Science and Technology from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He was program co-chair of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference in 2015, the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) in 2019, and the Asian Conference on Machine Learning (ACML) in 2010 and 2020. He is (co-)author of Machine Learning in Non-Stationary Environments (MIT Press, 2012), Density Ratio Estimation in Machine Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Statistical Reinforcement Learning (Chapman & Hall, 2015), and Machine Learning from Weak Supervision (MIT Press, 2022).