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As the datasets increase drastically, we are developing skills to enhance the way we train deep neural networks. This helps data scientists map the inputs and outputs while labeling huge amounts of data. This data includes label predictions, sentences, images, etc.

We are still unable to generalize the differences between conditions that help train the data. Enabling the model to perform such activities in the real world can be an arduous task. Because there are numerous new and messy situations in the model, it will encounter the problems that training data is not ready for.

The algorithm needs to make new predictions to solve complicated and real-life situations. In this article, we will discuss how to transfer data to the new conditions. This blog will understand how models can adopt transfer learning and develop a successful and extensive supervised learning model.

Understanding Transfer Learning

Transfer learning is not a new approach in deep learning. Although it is different from the traditional method of creating and training machine learning models to follow a data transfer method, there are numerous similarities. Traditional methods’ main roots are specific to training, datasets, and tasks based on isolated models.

The model does not include any knowledge that it retains from other models. When it comes to transferring learning, you can control the training data sets in new models and handle problems such as performing new tasks with lesser data.

You can understand this approach with an example. Suppose we want to identify different objects in a restricted domain of an e-commerce company. Suppose you are performing task 1 as T1. You will then provide the model of various datasets and tune them to perform unseen data points from the same e-commerce data point or domain.

The traditional machine learning algorithm breaks down the tasks in the given domains if the data is not sufficient. Let’s say that the model detects some pictures of clothing items for an e-commerce website. This can be task 2 or T2. Ideally, you should be able to use the dataset or pictures of one trained model T1to another T2. But we do not encounter a similar situation and fail in enhancing the performance of the model. This has many purposes, such as biasing the model to train the domain.

With transfer learning, we should be able to use the data from one trained model to new related ones. If we have more data in task T1, we can utilize the knowledge such as color and size of the shirt to model that has less knowledge, i.e., T2. When there is a problem in the computer vision domain, you can transfer the features to different tasks and enhance the knowledge. In easy words, you can use one task’s knowledge as an input of the other to perform new tasks.

Transfer Learning Strategies

Transfer learning has numerous learning techniques and strategies, which you can apply to your projects depending on the domain, available data, and tasks. Below you will find some of those strategies and techniques:

1.     Unsupervised Transfer Learning

The target domain and sources are similar, whereas the tasks are and activities are different. In this case, the labeled data is not available in any domain. Inductive and unsupervised techniques are similar for the target domain.

2.    Transductive Transfer Learning

In this condition, the target and source tasks are similar, but there are differences in related domains. There is plenty of labeled data in the source domain, while there isn’t any data in the target domain. You can classify it into different subcategories, referring to dissimilar settings.

3.     Inductive Transfer Learning

Target and source domains are the same, but both their tasks are different. The algorithms use the source domain’s inductive biases and help in improving the target task. You can divide the labeled data into two categories self-taught learning and multitask learning.

Transfer Learning for Deep Learning

All the above strategies are general approaches that we can apply in the machine learning model. This raises various questions, such as ‘can we apply transfer learning in the deep learning context?’ Deep learning models help with the inductive learning models. An inductive learning algorithm can help in mapping training examples.

For instance, the model will learn mapping by classifying the class labels and input features. These types of learning models generalize unseen data. Furthermore, the algorithm will work according to the assumptions, depending on the distribution of the training data.

Experts call these assumptions inductive bias. With the help of inductive assumptions or bias, you can characterize multiple factors. For instance, the hypothesis space restricts the search process, and it will have a great impact on the learning process of the model based on a given domain and task.


To conclude, we can say that numerous research directions are transferring the learning offers. Many applications that help transfer the knowledge need models to adopt new tasks in the new domains.



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