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# A MultiBoosting Based Transfer Learning Algorithm

## Xiaobo Liu^{*}, Guangjun Wang^{*}, Zhihua Cai^{**}, and Harry Zhang^{***}

^{*}School of Automation, China University of Geosciences

388 Lumo Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

^{**}School of Computer Science, China University of Geosciences

388 Lumo Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

^{***}Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick

P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada

Ensemble learning is sophisticated machine learning use to solve many problems in practical applications. MultiBoosting, a cutting-edge learning approach in ensemble learning, is combined with AdaBoost and wagging. It retains AdaBoost’s bias reduction while adding wagging’s variance reduction to that already obtained by AdaBoost, thus reducing the total number of errors in classification. Data characteristics do not always follow traditional machine learning rules, however, so transfer learning acts to solve this problem. We propose a TrMultiBoosting algorithm, composed of MultiBoosting and state-of-the-art transfer learning algorithm TrAdaBoost for transfer learning. We use naive bayes as the basic learning algorithm. TrMultiBoosting has proven to present a decision committee with higher prediction accuracy on UCI data sets than either TrAdaBoost or MultiBoosting.

*J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform.*, Vol.19, No.3, pp. 381-388, 2015.

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