Semi-supervised Learning with Deep Generative Models

Date: 

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Green Hall, room 2N10

Authors: Diederik P. Kingma, Danilo J. Rezende, Shakir Mohamed, Max Welling

Presenter: Brian

Link to paper

Abstract: The ever-increasing size of modern data sets combined with the difficulty of obtaining label information has made semi-supervised learning one of the problems of significant practical importance in modern data analysis. We revisit the approach to semi-supervised learning with generative models and develop new models that allow for effective generalisation from small labelled data sets to large unlabelled ones. Generative approaches have thus far been either inflexible, inefficient or non-scalable. We show that deep generative models and approximate Bayesian inference exploiting recent advances in variational methods can be used to provide significant improvements, making generative approaches highly competitive for semi-supervised learning.