Classifying things is critical for our daily lives. For example, we have to detect spam mail, fake political news, as well as more mundane things such as objects or faces. When using AI, such tasks are based on “classification technology” in machine learning – having the computer learn using the boundary separating positive and negative data. For example, “positive” data would be photos including a happy face, and “negative” data photos that include a sad face. Once a classification boundary is learned, the computer can determine whether a certain data is positive or negative. The difficulty with this technology is that it requires both positive and negative data for the learning process, and negative data are not available in many cases (for instance, it is hard to find photos with the label, “this photo includes a sad face,” since most people smile in front of a camera.)
According to lead author Takashi Ishida from RIKEN AIP, “Previous classification methods could not cope with the situation where negative data were not available, but we have made it possible for computers to learn with only positive data, as long as we have a confidence score for our positive data, constructed from information such as buying intention or the active rate of app users. Using our new method, we can let computers learn a classifier only from positive data equipped with confidence.”
Ishida proposed, together with researcher Niu Gang from his group and team leader Masashi Sugiyama, that they let computers learn well by adding the confidence score, which mathematically corresponds to the probability whether the data belongs to a positive class or not. They succeeded in developing a method that can let computers learn a classification boundary only from positive data and information on its confidence (positive reliability) against classification problems of machine learning that divide data positively and negatively. (1)
Computers trying to learn based on negative feedback.
And when such not exists, trying to compensate for that based on the positive one.
But can there be any feedback which is either positive or negative?
Can anything not be something else?
Can anything not be part of nothing?
In a cosmos full of everything, where can you seek nothingness? Which result can be negative in a cosmos where every negative element creates an equally positive one? Which result can be positive in a cosmos leading to death in every possible scenario in place? How can the computer learn anything in a world where humans have forgotten how they started learning in the first place, at a time when there was nothing to learn?
Look at that child.
Learning every passing minute.
By not learning anything…