Example Selection For Dictionary Learning

18 Dec 2014  ·  Tomoki Tsuchida, Garrison W. Cottrell ·

In unsupervised learning, an unbiased uniform sampling strategy is typically used, in order that the learned features faithfully encode the statistical structure of the training data. In this work, we explore whether active example selection strategies - algorithms that select which examples to use, based on the current estimate of the features - can accelerate learning. Specifically, we investigate effects of heuristic and saliency-inspired selection algorithms on the dictionary learning task with sparse activations. We show that some selection algorithms do improve the speed of learning, and we speculate on why they might work.

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