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Event Series Event Series: Colloquia Lecture Series

Representation Learning: A Causal Perspective

May 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Abstract: Representation learning constructs low-dimensional representations to summarize essential features of high-dimensional data like images and texts. Ideally, such a representation should efficiently capture non-spurious features of the data. It shall also be disentangled so that we can interpret what feature each of its dimensions captures. However, these desiderata are often intuitively defined and challenging to quantify or enforce.

In this talk, we take on a causal perspective of representation learning. We show how desiderata of representation learning can be formalized using counterfactual notions, enabling metrics and algorithms that target efficient, non-spurious, and disentangled representations of data. We discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the algorithm and illustrate its empirical performance in both supervised and unsupervised representation learning.


May 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


HDSI General


Yixin Wang


SDSC, The Auditorium
9836 Hopkins Dr, La Jolla
San Diego, CA United States
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