Max-Coupled Learning: Application to Breast Cancer



In the predictive modeling tasks, a clear distinction is often made between learning problems that are supervised or unsupervised, the first involving only labeled data (training patterns with known category labels) while the latter involving only unlabeled data. There is a growing interest in a hybrid setting, called semi-supervised learning, in semi-supervised classification, the labels of only a small portion of the training data set are available. The unlabeled data, instead of being discarded, are also used in the learning process. Motivated by a breast cancer application, in this work we address a new learning task, in-between classification and semi-supervised classification. Each example is described using two different feature sets, not necessarily both observed for a given example. If a single view is observed, then the class is only due to that feature set, if both views are present the observed class label is the maximum of the two values corresponding to the individual views. We propose new learning methodologies adapted to this learning paradigm and experimentally compare them with baseline methods from the conventional supervised and unsupervised settings. The experimental results verify the usefulness of the proposed approaches.


-ordinal learning,bi-rads,decision support systems,semi-supervised learning,support,vector machines


10th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications and Workshops 2011


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