Sequential Domain Adaptation by Synthesizing Distributionally Robust Experts

Sequential Domain Adaptation by Synthesizing Distributionally Robust Experts

Authors: Bahar Taskesen, Man-Chung Yue, Jose Blanchet, Daniel Kuhn, Viet Anh Nguyen

ICML 2021 - to appear

AbstractBibtex

Least squares estimators, when trained on a few target domain samples, may predict poorly. Supervised domain adaptation aims to improve the predictive accuracy by exploiting additional labeled training samples from a source distribution that is close to the target distribution. Given available data, we investigate novel strategies to synthesize a family of least squares estimator experts that are robust with regard to moment conditions. When these moment conditions are specified using Kullback-Leibler or Wasserstein-type divergences, we can find the robust estimators efficiently using convex optimization. We use the Bernstein online aggregation algorithm on the proposed family of robust experts to generate predictions for the sequential stream of target test samples. Numerical experiments on real data show that the robust strategies may outperform non-robust interpolations of the empirical least squares estimators.

@inproceedings{ref:taskesen2021sequential,
title= “Sequential Domain Adaptation by Synthesizing Distributionally Robust Experts”,
author = {Bahar Taskesen and Man-Chung Yue and Jose Blanchet and Daniel Kuhn and Viet Anh Nguyen},
booktitle= {Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Machine Learning},
year = {2021}
}