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Peshal Agarwal, Danda Pani Paudel, Jan-Nico Zaech, Luc Van Gool

We study the problem of robust domain adaptation in the context of unavailable target labels and source data. The considered robustness is against adversarial perturbations. This paper aims at answering the question of finding the right strategy to make the target model robust and accurate in the setting of unsupervised domain adaptation without source data. The major findings of this paper are: (i) robust source models can be transferred robustly to the target; (ii) robust domain adaptation can greatly benefit from non-robust pseudo-labels and the pair-wise contrastive loss. The proposed method of using non-robust pseudo-labels performs surprisingly well on both clean and adversarial samples, for the task of image classification. We show a consistent performance improvement of over $10\%$ in accuracy against the tested baselines on four benchmark datasets.

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Thomas Parnell, Andreea Anghel, Malgorzata Lazuka, Nikolas Ioannou, Sebastian Kurella, Peshal Agarwal, Nikolaos Papandreou, Haralampos Pozidis

Modern gradient boosting software frameworks, such as XGBoost and LightGBM, implement Newton descent in a functional space. At each boosting iteration, their goal is to find the base hypothesis, selected from some base hypothesis class, that is closest to the Newton descent direction in a Euclidean sense. Typically, the base hypothesis class is fixed to be all binary decision trees up to a given depth. In this work, we study a Heterogeneous Newton Boosting Machine (HNBM) in which the base hypothesis class may vary across boosting iterations. Specifically, at each boosting iteration, the base hypothesis class is chosen, from a fixed set of subclasses, by sampling from a probability distribution. We derive a global linear convergence rate for the HNBM under certain assumptions, and show that it agrees with existing rates for Newton's method when the Newton direction can be perfectly fitted by the base hypothesis at each boosting iteration. We then describe a particular realization of a HNBM, MixBoost, that, at each boosting iteration, randomly selects between either a decision tree of variable depth or a linear regressor with random Fourier features. We describe how MixBoost is implemented, with a focus on the training complexity. Finally, we present experimental results, using OpenML and Kaggle datasets, that show that MixBoost is able to achieve better generalization loss than competing boosting frameworks, without taking significantly longer to tune.

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