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Active Learning for Abstract Models of Collectives

Alexander Schiendorfer, Christoph Lassner, Gerrit Anders, Wolfgang Reif, and Rainer Lienhart

Organizational structures such as hierarchies provide an effective means to deal with the increasing complexity found in large-scale energy systems. In hierarchical systems, the concrete functions describing the subsystems can be replaced by abstract piecewise linear functions to speed up the optimization process. However, if the data points are weakly informative the resulting abstracted optimization problem introduces severe errors and exhibits bad runtime performance. Furthermore, obtaining additional point labels amounts to solving computationally hard optimization problems. Therefore, we propose to apply methods from active learning to search for informative inputs. We present first results experimenting with Decision Forests and Gaussian Processes that motivate further research. Using points selected by Decision Forests, we could reduce the average mean-squared error of the abstract piecewise linear function by one third.
published 24.03.2015 in: Porto Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on „Self-optimisation in Organic and Autonomic Computing Systems“ (SAOS15) in conjunction with ARCS 2015


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