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On causal and anticausal learning

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Schölkopf,  B
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Janzing,  D
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Peters,  J
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Sgouritsa,  E
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Zhang,  K
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Mooij,  J
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Schölkopf, B., Janzing, D., Peters, J., Sgouritsa, E., Zhang, K., & Mooij, J. (2012). On causal and anticausal learning. In 29th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2012) (pp. 1-8). Madison, WI, USA: International Machine Learning Society.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-B6C6-9
Abstract
We consider the problem of function estimation in the case where an underlying causal model can be inferred. This has implications for popular scenarios such as covariate shift, concept drift, transfer learning and semi-supervised learning. We argue that causal knowledge may facilitate some approaches for a given problem, and rule out others. In particular, we formulate a hypothesis for when semi-supervised learning can help, and corroborate it with empirical results.