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MASIF: Meta-learned Algorithm Selection using Implicit Fidelity Information

authored by
Tim Ruhkopf, Aditya Mohan, Difan Deng, Alexander Tornede, Frank Hutter, Marius Lindauer

Selecting a well-performing algorithm for a given task or dataset can be time-consuming and
tedious, but is crucial for the successful day-to-day business of developing new AI & ML
applications. Algorithm Selection (AS) mitigates this through a meta-model leveraging
meta-information about previous tasks. However, most of the available AS methods are
error-prone because they characterize a task by either cheap-to-compute properties of the
dataset or evaluations of cheap proxy algorithms, called landmarks. In this work, we extend
the classical AS data setup to include multi-fidelity information and empirically demonstrate
how meta-learning on algorithms’ learning behaviour allows us to exploit cheap test-time
evidence effectively and combat myopia significantly. We further postulate a budget-regret
trade-off w.r.t. the selection process. Our new selector MASIF is able to jointly interpret
online evidence on a task in form of varying-length learning curves without any parametric
assumption by leveraging a transformer-based encoder. This opens up new possibilities for
guided rapid prototyping in data science on cheaply observed partial learning curves.

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Machine Learning Section
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University of Freiburg
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