A Simple Unlearning Framework for Online Learning under Concept Drifts

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for Online Learning under Concept Drifts

Sheng-Chi You and Hsuan-Tien Lin

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University, No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan


Abstract. Real-world online learning applications often face data com- ing from changing target functions or distributions. Such changes, called the concept drift, degrade the performance of traditional online learning algorithms. Thus, many existing works focus on detecting concept drift based on statistical evidence. Other works use sliding window or similar mechanisms to select the data that closely reflect current concept. Never- theless, few works study how the detection and selection techniques can be combined to improve the learning performance. We propose a novel framework on top of existing online learning algorithms to improve the learning performance under concept drifts. The framework detects the possible concept drift by checking whether forgetting some older data may be helpful, and then conduct forgetting through a step called un- learning. The framework effectively results in a dynamic sliding window that selects some data flexibly for different kinds of concept drifts. We design concrete approaches from the framework based on three popular online learning algorithms. Empirical results show that the framework consistently improves those algorithms on ten synthetic data sets and two real-world data sets.

Keywords: online learning, concept drift

1 Introduction

Online learning is a machine learning setup where the learning algorithm needs to learn from and make predictions on streaming data efficiently and effec- tively [3, 4, 9]. The setup enjoys many potential applications, such as predicting the weather, customer preferences, or stock prices [16].

Traditional online learning algorithms, such as the passive-aggressive algo- rithm (PA) [3], the confidence weighted algorithm (CW) [4] and the adaptive regularization of weight algorithm (AROW) [9], are designed under the assump- tion that the target function to be learned is fixed. In many applications, how- ever, change in the underlying environment can result in change of the target function (concept) as time goes by. That is, the concept can be drifting [17]

instead of fixed. For example, the best popular-cloth predictor (concept) is con- sistently drifting as the fashion trend evolves [10]. The drifting concept possesses


difficulty for traditional online learning algorithms and are studied by two fami- lies of works. One family of works focuses on the detection of concept drift from the data stream [5, 1, 12, 15]. Those works generally conduct statistical analysis on the data distribution and set up an alert threshold to reliably detect concept drift. The other family tries to construct learning models from selected instances of the data stream, with the hope that such instances match the drifting concept better [13, 2]. The simplest approach of this family is to use a sliding window to capture the newest instances for learning [13]. While the two kinds both deal with concept-drifting data, it is not fully clear on how they could be combined to improve the learning performance and will be the main focus of this work.

In particular, we propose a framework on top of existing online learning algo- rithms to improve the learning performance under concept drifts. The framework detects the possible concept drift by checking whether forgetting some older data may be helpful, where the detection is motivated by the confidence terms used in modern online learning algorithms. Then, it conducts forgetting by unlearn- ing older data from the current model. By greedily repeating the detection and unlearning steps along with online learning, the framework effectively results in a dynamic sliding window that can suit different concept drifts. We design con- crete approaches of the framework based on PA [3], AROW [9] and CW [4]. Our empirical results demonstrate that the framework can reach better accuracy on artificial and real-world data. The results justify the usefulness of the framework.

The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 establishes the setup and lists related online learning algorithms. Section 3 introduces the proposed framework.

Section 4 discusses the experimental results and Section 5 concludes the paper.

2 Preliminaries

In this paper, we consider the online learning problem for binary classification.

In each round of this problem, the learning algorithm observes a coming instance and predicts its label to be +1 or −1. After the prediction, the true label is re- vealed and the algorithm can then take the new instance-label pair to improve its internal prediction model. The goal of the algorithm is to make as few prediction errors as possible.

We shall denote the instance-label pair in round t as (xt, yt), where t ∈ {1, 2, · · · , T }. Each xt ∈ Rn represents the instance (feature vector) and yt ∈ {+1, −1} indicates the label. The prediction in the t-th round is denoted as ˆyt, and the error refers to the zero-one loss `01(yt, ˆyt), which is 1 if and only if yt6= ˆyt, and 0 otherwise.

In this work, we consider the linear model for online learning, where some linear weight vector wt∈ Rnis maintained within round t and ˆyt= sign(wt· xt) with · denoting an inner product. The linear model generally enjoys efficiency in online learning and is often the focus of study in many online learning works [14, 3, 4, 9]. For the linear model, improving would then mean updating from wt to wt+1, and we denote the difference as ∆wt = wt+1 − wt. The core of dif- ferent online learning algorithms is then to design a proper update function


Algorithm 1 the linear model for online learning 1: initialize w1← (0, 0, ..., 0)

2: for t = 1 to T do

3: receive instance xt∈ Rn and predict ˆyt← sign(wt· xt) 4: receive label: yt∈ {−1, +1}

5: ∆wt← Update(wt, xt, yt) and wt+1← wt+ ∆wt

6: end for

Update(wt, xt, yt) that calculates ∆wt. The details steps of the linear model for online learning is shown in Algorithm 1, where we assume w1 to be the zero vector for simplicity.

One of the most popular algorithms for online learning with the linear model is the Passive-Aggressive algorithm (PA) [3]. PA calculates the signed margin of the labeled instance by yt(wt· xt), which indicates how confident the pre- diction ˆyt = sign(wt· xt) was. PA then aims to adjust the weights wt to the closest wt+1 (passive) in terms of the Euclidean distance, such that the hinge loss `h(w; (yt, xt)) = max(0, 1 − yt(w · xt)) is decreased to `h(wt+1; (yt, xt)) = 0 (aggressive). The aim leads to the following Update(wt, xt, yt) for PA:

∆wt=`h wt; (yt, xt)

kxtk2 ytxt. (1)

The Confidence weighted (CW) algorithm [4] is extended from PA. Instead of considering a single weight vector wt, the algorithm considers the weight distribution, modeled as a Gaussian distribution with mean wt and covariance Σt. During each Update for CW, both wt and Σt are taken into account, and updated to wt+1 and Σt+1. The updating step adjusts (wt, Σt) to the closest (wt+1, Σt+1) (passive) in terms of the KL divergence, such that the probabilistic zero-one loss under the new Gaussian distribution is smaller than some (1 − η) (aggressive).

An extension of CW is called adaptive regularization of weight (AROW) [9], which improves CW by including more regularization. In particular, the updating step of AROW solves an unconstrained optimization problem that calculates (wt+1, Σt+1) by



DKL(N (w, Σ)||N (wt, Σt)) + λ1`2h(w; (yt, xt)) + λ2xTtΣxt. (2)

The first term is exactly the KL divergence that the passive part of CW consid- ers; the second term embeds the aggressive part of CW with the squared hinge loss (similar to PA); the third term represents the confidence on xtthat should generally grow as more instances have been observed. In particular, the confi- dence term represents how different xt is from the current estimate of Σ. The confidence term acts as a regularization term to make the learning algorithm more robust. In this work, we set the parameters λ1and λ2by λ1= λ2= 1/(2γ) as the original paper suggests [9].


One special property of the three algorithms above, which is also shared by many algorithms for the linear model of online learning, is that ∆wt is a scaled version of ytxt, as can be seen in (1) for PA. Then, by having w1 as the zero vector, each wt is simply a linear combination of the previous data y1x1, y2x2, · · · , yt−1xt−1. We will use this property later for designing our frame- work.

The three representative algorithms introduced above do not specifically fo- cus on concept-drifting data. For example, when concept drift happens, being passive like the algorithms do may easily lead to slow adaptation to the latest concept. Next, we illustrate more on what we mean by concept drift in online learning. [16] defines concept drift to mean the change of “property” within the data. Some major types of concept drifts that will be considered here are abrupt concept drift, gradual concept drift and virtual concept drift. The first two entail the change of the relation between instances and labels. Denote the relation as the ideal target function f such that yt = f (xt) + noise, abrupt concept drift means that the ideal target function can change from f to a very different one like (−f ) at some round t1, and gradual concept drift means f is slowly changed to some different f0 between rounds t1 and t2.

Virtual concept drift, unlike the other two, is generally a consequence of the change of some hidden context within the data [6]. The change effectively causes the distribution of xt to vary. While the target function that characterizes the relation between xtand ytmay stay the same for virtual concept drift, the change of distribution places different importance on different parts of the feature space for the algorithm to digest.

Two families of methods in the literature focus on dealing with concept- drifting data for online learning. One family [5, 1, 12, 15] is about drift detection based on different statistical property of the data. [5] proposes the drift detection method (DDM) that tracks the trend of the zero-one loss to calculate the drift level. When the drift level reaches an alert threshold, the method claims to detect the concept drift and resets the internal model. While the idea of DDM is simple, it generally cannot detect gradual concept drift effectively. [1] thus proposes the early drift detection method (EDDM) to cope with gradual concept drift, where the distribution of errors instead of the trend is estimated for detection.

Some other popular detection criteria include the estimated accuracy difference between an all-data model and a recent-data model [12], and the estimated performance difference between models built from different chunks of data [15].

Generally, similar to [5], after detecting the concept drift, the methods above reset the internal model. That is, all knowledge about the data received before detection are effectively forgotten. Nevertheless, forgetting all data before the detection may not be the best strategy for gradual concept drift (where the earlier data may be somewhat helpful) and virtual concept drift (where the earlier data still hint the target function).

The other family [13, 2] makes the internal model adaptive to the concept drift by training the model with selected instances only. The selected instances are often within a sliding window, which matches the fact that the latest instances


should best reflect the current concept. Most of the state-of-the-art methods consider dynamic sliding windows. For instance, [13] takes the leave-one-out error estimate of the support vector machine to design a method that computes the best dynamic sliding window for minimizing the leave-one-out error. [2] proposes a general dynamic sliding window method by maintaining a sliding window such that the “head” and “tail” sub-windows are of little statistical difference. The sliding-window methods naturally trace concept drifts well, especially gradual concept drifts. Nevertheless, calculating a good dynamic sliding window is often computationally intensive. It is thus difficult to apply the methods within this family to real-world online learning scenario where efficiency is highly demanded.

In summary, drift-detection methods are usually simple and efficient, but resetting the internal model may not lead to the best learning performance under concept drifts; sliding-windows methods are usually effective, but are at the expense of computation. We aim to design a different framework for better online learning performance under the concept drift. Our framework will include a simple detection scheme and directly exploits the detection scheme to efficiently determine a dynamic sliding window. In addition, the framework can be flexibly coupled with existing online learning algorithms with linear models.

3 Unlearning Framework

The idea of our proposed unlearning framework is simple. Between steps 5 and 6 of Algorithm 1, we add a procedure UnlearningTest to check if forgetting some older instance can be beneficial for learning. In particular, the decision of

“beneficial” is done by comparing a regularized objective function before and after the forgetting, where the regularized objective function mimics that being used by AROW. If forgetting is beneficial, a new wt+10 (and its accompanying Σt+10 in the case of CW or AROW) replaces the original wt+1. There are then two issues in describing the framework concretely: what the regularized objective function and unlearning step are, and which “older” instance to check? We will clarify the issues in the next subsections.

3.1 Unlearning Test

Denote (xk, yk), k ∈ {1, 2, · · · , t − 1} as the selected instance for Unlearn- ingTest. Recall that in round t, each wtis simply a linear combination of the previous data y1x1, y2x2, · · · , yt−1xt−1. That is, every old instance has its (pos- sibly 0) footprint within wt+1 if we record ∆wk along with the online learning process. Then, one straightforward step to unlearn (xk, yk) is to remove it from wt+1. That is,

w0t+1← wt+1− ∆wk.

The Σt+10 accompanying wt+1can also be calculated similarly by recording ∆Σk

along with the online learning process.

Now, w0t+1represents the weight vector after removing some older instance, and wt+1represents the original weight vector. Our task is to pick the better one


for online learning with concept drift. A simple idea is to just compare their loss, such as the squared hinge loss used by AROW. That is, unlearning is conducted if and only if

`2h(wt+10 ; (xt, yt)) ≤ `2h(wt+1; (xt, yt)).

We can even make the condition more strict by inserting a parameter α ≤ 1.0 that controls the demanded reduction of loss from the original weight vector.

That is, unlearning is conducted if and only if

`2h(w0t+1; (xt, yt)) ≤ α`2h(wt+1; (xt, yt)).

Then, α = 0.0 makes unlearning happen only if w0t+1 is fully correct on (xt, yt) in terms of the hinge loss, and the original online learning algorithms are as if using α < 0.

In our study, we find that only using `2h as the decision objective makes the unlearning procedure rather unstable. Motivated by AROW, we thus decide to add two terms to the decision objective. One is the confidence term used by AROW, and the other is the usual squared length of w. The first term regular- izes against unwanted update of Σ, much like AROW does. The second term regularizes against unwanted update of w to a long vector, much like the usual ridge regression regularization. That is, given (xt, yt), the framework considers

obj(w, Σ) = `2h(w; (xt, yt)) + βxTtΣxt+ γkwk2 (3) and conduct unlearning if and only if obj(w0t+1, Σt+10 ) ≤ αobj(wt+1, Σt+1). The parameters β and γ balances the influence of each term.

The final missing component is how to specify β and γ. To avoid making the framework overly complicated, we only consider using those parameters to balance the numerical range of the terms. In particular, we let β be the average of

1 2

 `2h(wτ +1, xτ, yτ) xTτΣτ +1xτ

+`2h(w0τ +1, xτ, yτ) xTτΣτ +10 xτ

. (4)

for τ ∈ {1, 2, . . . , t} so βxTtΣxt can be of a similar numerical range to `2h. Simi- larly, we let γ be the average of

1 2

 `2h(wτ +1, xτ, yτ)

kwτ +1k2 +`2h(w0τ +1, xτ, yτ) kw0τ +1k2

. (5)

The details of UnlearningTest is listed in Algorithm 2.

3.2 Instance for Unlearning Test

Unlearning is completed by the unlearning test at a certain selected instance (xk, yk). But how to determine the k from all previous processed instances? We proposed three possible unlearning strategies to deciding the instance (xk, yk).


Algorithm 2 Unlearning test for some instance (xk, yk) 1: input parameter: α ∈ [0.0, 1.0]

2: procedure UnlearningTest(wt+1, Σt+1, xk, yk)

3: ∆wk, ∆Σk← UpdateHistory(xk, yk) . previous updated status on (xk, yk) 4: w0t+1← wt+1− ∆wk, Σt+10 ← Σt+1− ∆Σk

5: set β, γ as the average of (4) and (5), respectively

6: if obj(w0t+1, Σt+10 ) ≤ αobj(wt+1, Σt+1) then . see (3) 7: return w0t+1, Σ0t+1

8: else

9: return wt+1, Σt+1

10: end if 11: end procedure

Fig. 1: Forwarding Fig. 2: Queue Fig. 3: Selecting

Forwarding-removing: Traditional sliding window technique tries to maintain a window that keeps the recent accessed examples, and drops the oldest instance according to some set of rules [2]. Here, the unlearning test is substituted for the rules. Forward-removing considers (xt−L, yt−L) subject to a fixed window size L as the as the selected instance for unlearning test. The strategy is illustrated by Fig. 1, where the older instances are at the right-hand-side of the data stream.

After updating on xt is done, the unlearning test examines the red instance xt−L.

With some studies on parameter L = {1, 10, 100, 1000}, L = 100 is sufficiently stable and will be used to demonstrate this strategy in Section 4.

Queue-removing: Instead of considering the instance that is L rounds away, this strategy selects the oldest one within the current model wt+1. Recall that the current model wt+1is a combination of some updated parts ∆wion previous updated instance (xi, yi). We record those ∆wi like a data list, as illustrated in Fig. 2.









τixiyi where τi6= 0. (6)

Take wt+1as a queue, unlearning test will be executed at the red updated part

∆w1, which is the oldest updated instance in model. As (xi, yi) are added and removed from wt, the size of the queue can change dynamically, resulting in a dynamic sliding window effectively.


Table 1: The properties of the ten data sets

Data set Properties

Features Drift type Drifting details

SINE1 2 real Abrupt Reversed wave: y = sin(x)

SINE2 2 real Abrupt Reversed wave: 0.5 + 0.3sin(3πx) SINIRREL1 2 real + 2 irrelevant Abrupt Same as SINE1 function SINIRREL2 2 real + 2 irrelevant Abrupt Same as SINE2 function

MIXED 2 real + 2 boolean Abrupt Reversed 1 function with 1 boolean condition STAGGER 3 boolean Abrupt Switching between 3 boolean conditions

GAUSS 2 real Virtual Switching between 2 distributions CIRCLES 2 real Gradual Switching between 4 circles [5]

LINES 2 real Gradual changing line functions: shift and rotate MULTILINES 4 - 15 real Gradual changing hyperplanes: Σidwixi= w0 [8]

Selecting-removing: Above strategies both select one particular instance un- der different structure. However, those strategies neither consider all candidates in their window nor find out the best unlearned weight w0t+1for current instance (xt, yt). Illustrated by Fig. 3, Selecting-removing will test all K instances and take the instance that can decrease obj the most as the instance to be unlearned.

4 Empirical Evaluation

We take these three unlearning strategies in Section 3 with PA [3], AROW [9]

and CW [4]. In those algorithms, we set a = 1.0, φ = 0.0001 in CW and r = 0.1 in AROW. The parameter α in unlearning test is individually selected from {0.1, 0.2, . . . , 0.9} due to the different properties on these algorithms.

All ten synthetic data sets contain different concept drifts described in Ta- ble 1. The first eight data sets are used by [5]. Because most of them are about abrupt concept drift, we construct two more data sets, LINES and MULTI- LINES, whose drifting type is gradual. The target function of LINES is changed by shifting and rotating gradually in 2D, and MULTILINES is a d dimensional version defined in [8].

Previous works [1, 5] assume every concept contains a fixed number of in- stances, and examine on small size data sets. Here we construct these artifi- cial data sets with three differences to make the data sets more realistic. First, the number and the timing of concept drifts are randomly assigned and all drift events are recorded so that we could simulate a perfect drifting detection, Concept-removing, which resets wt+1 immediately after a concept drift hap- pens. We take Concept-removing as an upper bound benchmark for using the ideal drifting information. Second, at least 1,000,000 instances are generated in each data set for the robustness. Finally, we inject noise made by flipping bi- nary labels under different probabilities to check the robustness of the proposed


Table 2: Ranking all unlearning strategies under three types of drifting data


drifting type

Abrupt Gradual Virtual

None 4.031 ± 0.347 3.047 ± 0.402 3.333 ± 0.890 Forwarding-removing 4.325 ± 0.308 3.809 ± 0.471 5.476 ± 0.534 Queue-removing 3.373 ± 0.235 2.984 ± 0.387 2.190 ± 0.499 Selecting-removing 3.769 ± 0.254 3.666 ± 0.517 3.714 ± 0.730

EDDM 3.309 ± 0.264 3.174 ± 0.385 3.000 ± 0.427 Concept-removing 1.269 ± 0.138 3.809 ± 0.501 2.666 ± 0.930

framework. All artificial data sets are generated under different flipping level within {0.00, 0.05, · · · , 0.30}.

For each data, a simple second-order polynomial transform is applied to im- prove the accuracy. Two evaluation criteria are considered, ranking performance and cumulative classification accuracy. A smaller average rank (along with stan- dard deviation) indicates that an higher classification accuracy performed among compared methods.

4.1 Results and Discussion

In addition to the three proposed strategies within the framework, and the ideal Concept-removing strategy, we also compare the proposed framework with EDDM [1]. Our experimental results are summarized in following tables with dif- ferent control variables. Table 2 compares all unlearning strategies under three kinds of concept-drifting data. Table 3 compares the relation between different unlearning strategies and each online learning algorithm individually. Table 4 evaluates the influence on the best unlearning strategy with different noise level.

The individual accuracy performances for each data set are recorded in Table 5.

Table 2 makes comparison by different kinds of concept-drifting data. The ideal Concept-removing strategy performs very well for abrupt drifting and vir- tual drifting, as expected. But the immediate resetting cannot work for grad- ual drifting data, and the ideal detection is not realistic anyway. Our proposed framework, on the other hand, performs well on all kinds of data when using Queue-removing.

Table 3 is evaluated under individual learning algorithms. On the strategy side, Queue-removing preforms the best ranking on average in four unlearning strategies. Note that Selecting-removing is worse than Queue-removing, which indicates that overly searching for the “best” instance to unlearn is not necessary.

On the algorithm sides, a significant ranking gap between Concept-removing and the others is presented in AROW. All four unlearning strategies show the smaller ranking than original AROW. For the other two algorithms, only Queue- removing and EDDM gets smaller ranking on PA. But almost unlearning ap- proaches do not have great advantage in CW. The cause of non-improving is


Table 3: Ranking all unlearning strategies under each learning algorithm



PA AROW CW Average

None 3.257 ± 0.325 5.642 ± 0.336 2.100 ± 0.215 3.666 ± 0.263 Forwarding-removing 5.128 ± 0.352 5.371 ± 0.239 2.357 ± 0.236 4.285 ± 0.245 Queue-removing 3.100 ± 0.348 3.485 ± 0.335 2.528 ± 0.284 3.138 ± 0.195 Selecting-removing 4.228 ± 0.352 4.457 ± 0.411 2.514 ± 0.235 3.733 ± 0.228

EDDM 3.342 ± 0.394 2.200 ± 0.152 4.171 ± 0.279 3.238 ± 0.200 Concept-removing 2.242 ± 0.467 1.242 ± 0.140 3.028 ± 0.483 2.171 ± 0.248

Table 4: Ranking three main unlearning strategies under different bias data sets

Unlearning strategy Noise level

0.05 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.30

None 2.22 ± 0.17 2.16 ± 0.16 2.11 ± 0.17 2.18 ± 0.16 2.06 ± 0.16 2.02 ± 0.16 Queue-removing 1.90 ± 0.08 1.97 ± 0.11 1.97 ± 0.11 1.97 ± 0.11 2.01 ± 0.12 1.97 ± 0.14 Concept-removing 1.28 ± 0.12 1.38 ± 0.14 1.36 ± 0.13 1.34 ± 0.13 1.40 ± 0.14 1.44 ± 0.14

their individual updating rules, which does not consider confidence term in PA and squared hinge-loss in CW.

We study Queue-removing more in Table 4, which shows the ranking per- formance under different noise levels. From lowest to highest bias, Concept- removing is still the best in three strategies but Queue-removing shows its effec- tiveness in all noise levels. When the noise becomes larger, Queue-removing is closer to the ideal Concept-removing strategy.

Table 5 explains whether unlearning framework reflects the significant differ- ence from original algorithms. We conducted the t-test experiment by its cumu- lative classification accuracy at each data set 30 times for all artificial data and directly evaluated two real data, MNIST1 and ELEC22. For two real data, we directly compare the accuracy performance with EDDM and Queue-removing.

The t-test is evaluated in three different strategies. Queue-removing shows better accuracy than no-unlearning, and those p-value(N-Q) are mostly smaller than 0.01, which indicates the performance gap is significant enough. Concept- removing reveal the upper bound accuracy and the nearly 0 on p-value(Q-C) comparing with the Queue-removing in all data sets except for CIRCLES.

MNIST [11] is a handwritten digits data. Although it is not a concept-drifting data, we test whether our unlearning framework will deteriorate the classifying performance. We use one versus one to evaluate 45 binary classifications for those digits under online learning scenario. To handle all classifications quickly,

1 handwritten digits: http://yann.lecun.com/exdb/mnist

2 electricity price data: http://www.inescporto.pt/~jgama/ales/ales.html


Table 5: Cumulative accuracy and t-test on ten artificial and two real-world data Properties Average accuracy among three algorithms P-value

Strategy None Queue-removing Concept-removing N-Q Q-C SINE1 0.6696 ± 0.0232 0.6816 ± 0.0244 0.7541 ± 0.0267 0.0352 0.0000 SINE2 0.6373 ± 0.0161 0.6422 ± 0.0154 0.6984 ± 0.0166 0.0117 0.0000 SINIRREL1 0.6819 ± 0.0212 0.7202 ± 0.0199 0.7687 ± 0.0215 0.0000 0.0000 SINIRREL2 0.6395 ± 0.0181 0.6660 ± 0.0175 0.7071 ± 0.0169 0.0000 0.0000 MIXED 0.6792 ± 0.0220 0.6938 ± 0.0214 0.7469 ± 0.0211 0.0011 0.0000 STAGGER 0.7476 ± 0.0219 0.7517 ± 0.0216 0.7996 ± 0.0223 0.0001 0.0000 GAUSS 0.6452 ± 0.0189 0.6676 ± 0.0188 0.6871 ± 0.0182 0.0001 0.0000 CIRCLES 0.7179 ± 0.0194 0.7262 ± 0.0208 0.7244 ± 0.0217 0.0000 0.5950 LINES 0.7557 ± 0.0244 0.7783 ± 0.0246 0.7970 ± 0.0230 0.0002 0.0002 MULTILINES 0.7687 ± 0.0222 0.7566 ± 0.0240 0.7865 ± 0.0239 0.0002 0.0000

Strategy None Queue-removing EDDM N-Q Q-C

MNIST 0.9774 ± 0.0032 0.9774 ± 0.0032 0.9758 ± 0.0033 NA NA ELEC2 0.8423 ± 0.0765 0.8742 ± 0.0575 0.8342 ± 0.1312 NA NA

we scale each image by 25% and take its pixel as feature. Because MNIST data does not contain significant drifting and the nearly same accuracies are presented, it implies our unlearning framework can work well in the normal data set.

ELEC2 [7] is the collection of the electricity price. Those prices are affected by demand and supply of the market, and the labels identify the changing prices related to a moving average. It is a widely used for concept-drifting. We predict the current price rises or falls by its all 8 features. The result shows that Queue- removing preforms better than no-unlearning and EDDM.

5 Conclusion

We present an unlearning framework on top of PA-based online algorithms to improve the learning performance under different kinds of concept-drifting data.

This framework is simple yet effective. In particular, the queue-removing strat- egy, which is the best-performing one, results in a dynamic sliding window on the mistaken data and dynamically unlearns based on a simple unlearning test as the drift detection. Future work includes more sophisticated ways to balance between loss and regularization for the unlearning test.

6 Acknowledgment

The work arises from the Master’s thesis of the first author [18]. We thank Profs. Yuh-Jye Lee, Shou-De Lin, the anonymous reviewers and the members of the NTU Computational Learning Lab for valuable suggestions. This work is partially supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan


(MOST 103-2221-E-002-148-MY3) and the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD FA2386-15-1-4012).


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