Top 10 Machine Learning Papers of 2022

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The relevance of any field depends on the ongoing research and studies around it. This especially holds for advancing fields like machine learning. 

To bring you up to speed on the critical ideas driving machine learning in 2022, we handpicked the top 10 research papers for all AI/ML enthusiasts out there!

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  1. Artificial Replay: A Meta-Algorithm for Harnessing Historical Data in Bandits

Author(s) Sean R. Sinclair et al.

Ways to incorporate historical data are still unclear: initialising reward estimates with historical samples can suffer from bogus and imbalanced data coverage, leading to computational and storage issues—particularly in continuous action spaces. The paper addresses the obstacles by proposing ‘Artificial Replay’, an algorithm to incorporate historical data into any arbitrary base bandit algorithm. 

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  1. Bootstrapped Meta-Learning 

Author(s) Sebastian Flennerhag et al.

The paper proposes an algorithm in which the meta-learner teaches itself to overcome the meta-optimisation challenge. The algorithm focuses on meta-learning with gradients, which guarantees performance improvements. Furthermore, the paper also looks at how bootstrapping opens up possibilities. 

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  1. LaMDA: Language Models for Dialog Applications

Author(s) Romal Thoppilan et al.

The research describes the LaMDA system which caused chaos in AI this summer when a former Google engineer claimed that it had shown signs of sentience. LaMDA is a family of large language models for dialogue applications based on Transformer architecture. The interesting feature of the model is its fine-tuning with human-annotated data and the possibility of consulting external sources. This is a very interesting model family, which we might encounter in many applications we use daily. 

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  1. Competition-Level Code Generation with AlphaCode

Author(s) Yujia Li et al.

Systems can help programmers become more productive. The following research addresses the problems with incorporating innovations in AI into these systems. AlphaCode is a system that creates solutions for problems that require deeper reasoning. 

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  1. Privacy for Free: How does Dataset Condensation Help Privacy?

Author(s) Tian Dong et al.

The paper focuses on Privacy Preserving Machine Learning, specifically deducting the leakage of sensitive data in machine learning. It puts forth one of the first propositions of using dataset condensation techniques to preserve the data efficiency during model training and furnish membership privacy.

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  1. Why do tree-based models still outperform deep learning on tabular data?

Author(s) Léo Grinsztajn, Edouard Oyallon and Gaël Varoquaux

The research answers why deep learning models still find it hard to compete on tabular data compared to tree-based models. It is shown that MLP-like architectures are more sensitive to uninformative features in data compared to their tree-based counterparts. 

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  1. Multi-Objective Bayesian Optimisation over High-Dimensional Search Spaces 

Author(s) Samuel Daulton et al.

The paper proposes ‘MORBO’, a scalable method for multiple-objective BO as it performs better than that of high-dimensional search spaces. MORBO significantly improves the sample efficiency and, where existing BO algorithms fail, MORBO provides improved sample efficiencies over the current approach. 

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  1. A Path Towards Autonomous Machine Intelligence Version 0.9.2

Author(s) Yann LeCun

The research offers a vision about how to progress towards general AI. The study combines several concepts: a configurable predictive world model, behaviour driven through intrinsic motivation, and hierarchical joint embedding architectures trained with self-supervised


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  1. TranAD: Deep Transformer Networks for Anomaly Detection in Multivariate Time Series Data

Author(s)   Shreshth Tuli, Giuliano Casale and Nicholas R. Jennings

This is a specialised paper applying transformer architecture to the problem of unsupervised anomaly detection in multivariate time series. Many architectures which were successful in other fields are, at some point, also being applied to time series. The research shows improved performance on some known data sets. 

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  1. Differentially Private Bias-Term only Fine-tuning of Foundation Models

Author(s) Zhiqi Bu et al. 

In the paper, researchers study the problem of differentially private (DP) fine-tuning of large pre-trained models—a recent privacy-preserving approach suitable for solving downstream tasks with sensitive data. Existing work has demonstrated that high accuracy is possible under strong privacy constraints yet requires significant computational overhead or modifications to the network architecture.

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Tasmia Ansari
Tasmia is a tech journalist at AIM, looking to bring a fresh perspective to emerging technologies and trends in data science, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

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