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Prediction-focused Mixture Models
Abhishek Sharma · Sanjana Narayanan · Catherine Zeng · Finale Doshi-Velez

In several applications, besides getting a generative model of the data, we also want the model to be useful for specific downstream tasks. Mixture models are useful for identifying discrete components in the data, but may not identify components useful for downstream tasks if misspecified; further, current inference techniques often fail to overcome misspecification even when a supervisory signal is provided. We introduce the prediction-focused mixture model, which selects and models input features relevant to predicting the targets. We demonstrate that our approach identifies relevant signal from inputs even when the model is highly misspecified.

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Abhishek Sharma (Harvard University)
Sanjana Narayanan (Harvard University)
Catherine Zeng (Harvard University)
Finale Doshi-Velez (Harvard University)
Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez is a Gordon McKay Professor in Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She completed her MSc from the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar, her PhD from MIT, and her postdoc at Harvard Medical School. Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, healthcare, and interpretability. Selected Additional Shinies: BECA recipient, AFOSR YIP and NSF CAREER recipient; Sloan Fellow; IEEE AI Top 10 to Watch

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