AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Multitask Bregman Clustering
Jianwen Zhang, Changshui Zhang

Last modified: 2010-07-03


Traditional clustering methods deal with a single clustering task on a single data set. However, in some newly emerging applications, multiple similar clustering tasks are involved simultaneously. In this case, we not only desire a partition for each task, but also want to discover the relationship among clusters of different tasks. It's also expected that the learnt relationship among tasks can improve performance of each single task. In this paper, we propose a general framework for this problem and further suggest a specific approach. In our approach, we alternatively update clusters and learn relationship between clusters of different tasks, and the two phases boost each other. Our approach is based on the general Bregman divergence, hence it's suitable for a large family of assumptions on data distributions and divergences. Empirical results on several benchmark data sets validate the approach.


Multitask learning; Clustering; Bregman divergence

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