Uncertainty in Multitask Transfer Learning

Alexandre Lacoste, Boris Oreshkin, Wonchang Chung, Thomas Boquet, Negar Rostamzadeh, David Krueger

Sep 27, 2018 ICLR 2019 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: Using variational Bayes neural networks, we develop an algorithm capable of accumulating knowledge into a prior from multiple different tasks. This results in a rich prior capable of few-shot learning on new tasks. The posterior can go beyond the mean field approximation and yields good uncertainty on the performed experiments. Analysis on toy tasks show that it can learn from significantly different tasks while finding similarities among them. Experiments on Mini-Imagenet reach state of the art with 74.5% accuracy on 5 shot learning. Finally, we provide two new benchmarks, each showing a failure mode of existing meta learning algorithms such as MAML and prototypical Networks.
  • Keywords: Multi Task, Transfer Learning, Hierarchical Bayes, Variational Bayes, Meta Learning, Few Shot learning
  • TL;DR: A scalable method for learning an expressive prior over neural networks across multiple tasks.
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