Active Learning by Querying Informative and Representative Examples

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23 (NIPS 2010)

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Sheng-jun Huang, Rong Jin, Zhi-Hua Zhou


Most active learning approaches select either informative or representative unlabeled instances to query their labels. Although several active learning algorithms have been proposed to combine the two criterions for query selection, they are usually ad hoc in finding unlabeled instances that are both informative and representative. We address this challenge by a principled approach, termed QUIRE, based on the min-max view of active learning. The proposed approach provides a systematic way for measuring and combining the informativeness and representativeness of an instance. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed QUIRE approach outperforms several state-of -the-art active learning approaches.