Reinforced Data Sampling for Model Diversificatio

06/24/2020 ∙ by Harry Nguyen, et al. ∙ 0

With the rising number of machine learning competitions, the world has witnessed an exciting race for the best algorithms. However, the involved data selection process may fundamentally suffer from evidence ambiguity and concept drift issues, thereby possibly leading to deleterious effects on the performance of various models. This paper proposes a new Reinforced Data Sampling (RDS) method to learn how to sample data adequately on the search for useful models and insights. We formulate the optimisation problem of model diversification δ−div in data sampling to maximise learning potentials and optimum allocation by injecting model diversity. This work advocates the employment of diverse base learners as value functions such as neural networks, decision trees, or logistic regressions to reinforce the selection process of data subsets with multi-modal belief. We introduce different ensemble reward mechanisms, including soft voting and stochastic choice to approximate optimal sampling policy. The evaluation conducted on four datasets evidently highlights the benefits of using RDS method over traditional sampling approaches. Our experimental results suggest that the trainable sampling for model diversification is useful for competition organisers, researchers, or even starters to pursue full potentials of various machine learning tasks such as classification and regression. The source code is available at



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