Cost-Accuracy Aware Adaptive Labeling for Active Learning


  • Ruijiang Gao University of Texas at Austin
  • Maytal Saar-Tsechansky University of Texas at Austin



Conventional active learning algorithms assume a single labeler that produces noiseless label at a given, fixed cost, and aim to achieve the best generalization performance for given classifier under a budget constraint. However, in many real settings, different labelers have different labeling costs and can yield different labeling accuracies. Moreover, a given labeler may exhibit different labeling accuracies for different instances. This setting can be referred to as active learning with diverse labelers with varying costs and accuracies, and it arises in many important real settings. It is therefore beneficial to understand how to effectively trade-off between labeling accuracy for different instances, labeling costs, as well as the informativeness of training instances, so as to achieve the best generalization performance at the lowest labeling cost. In this paper, we propose a new algorithm for selecting instances, labelers (and their corresponding costs and labeling accuracies), that employs generalization bound of learning with label noise to select informative instances and labelers so as to achieve higher generalization accuracy at a lower cost. Our proposed algorithm demonstrates state-of-the-art performance on five UCI and a real crowdsourcing dataset.




How to Cite

Gao, R., & Saar-Tsechansky, M. (2020). Cost-Accuracy Aware Adaptive Labeling for Active Learning. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(03), 2569-2576.



AAAI Technical Track: Human-Computation and Crowd Sourcing