Adversarial Label Learning

  • Chidubem Arachie Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Bert Huang Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


We consider the task of training classifiers without labels. We propose a weakly supervised method—adversarial label learning—that trains classifiers to perform well against an adversary that chooses labels for training data. The weak supervision constrains what labels the adversary can choose. The method therefore minimizes an upper bound of the classifier’s error rate using projected primal-dual subgradient descent. Minimizing this bound protects against bias and dependencies in the weak supervision. Experiments on real datasets show that our method can train without labels and outperforms other approaches for weakly supervised learning.

AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning