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Discriminative Bayesian Filtering for the Semi-Supervised Augmentation of Sequential Observation Data

EasyChair Preprint no. 5723

14 pagesDate: June 4, 2021


We aim to construct a probabilistic classifier to predict a latent, time-dependent boolean label given an observed vector of measurements. Our training data consists of sequences of observations paired with a label for precisely one of the observations in each sequence. As an initial approach, we learn a baseline supervised classifier by training on the labeled observations alone, ignoring the unlabeled observations in each sequence. We then leverage this first classifier and the sequential structure of our data to build a second training set as follows: (1) we apply the first classifier to each unlabeled observation and then (2) we filter the resulting estimates to incorporate information from the labeled observations and create a much larger training set. We describe a Bayesian filtering framework that can be used to perform step 2 and show how a second classifier built using the latter, filtered training set can outperform the initial classifier. At Adobe, our motivating application entails predicting customer segment membership from readily-available proprietary features. We administer surveys to collect label data for our subscribers and then generate feature data for these customers at regular intervals around the survey time. While we can train a supervised classifier using paired feature and label data from the survey time alone, the availability of nearby feature data and the relative expensive of polling drives this semi-supervised approach. We perform an ablation study comparing both a baseline classifier and a likelihood-based augmentation approach to our proposed method and show how our method best improves predictive performance for an in-house classifier.

Keyphrases: data augmentation, discriminative Bayesian filtering, semi-supervised learning, user classification from survey data

BibTeX entry
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  author = {Michael C. Burkhart},
  title = {Discriminative Bayesian Filtering for the Semi-Supervised Augmentation of Sequential Observation Data},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 5723},

  year = {EasyChair, 2021}}
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