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L. Torrey & J. Shavlik (2009).
Transfer Learning. In E. Soria, J. Martin, R. Magdalena, M. Martinez & A. Serrano, editor, Handbook of Research on Machine Learning Applications. IGI Global.

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Transfer learning is the improvement of learning in a new task through the transfer of knowledge from a related task that has already been learned. While most machine learning algorithms are designed to address single tasks, the development of algorithms that facilitate transfer learning is a topic of ongoing interest in the machine-learning community. This chapter provides an introduction to the goals, formulations, and challenges of transfer learning. It surveys current research in this area, giving an overview of the state of the art and outlining the open problems. The survey covers transfer in both inductive learning and reinforcement learning, and discusses the issues of negative transfer and task mapping in depth.

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