LSH Seminar Marco Virgolin

Symbolic Regression and Feature Construction with GP-GOMEA applied to Radiotherapy Dose Reconstruction of Childhood Cancer Survivors
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Speaker:    Marco Virgolin

Title: Symbolic Regression and Feature Construction with GP-GOMEA applied to Radiotherapy Dose Reconstruction of Childhood Cancer Survivors

Abstract:
The recently introduced Gene-pool Optimal Mixing Evolutionary Algorithm for Genetic Programming (GP-GOMEA) has been shown to find much smaller solutions of equally high quality compared to other state-of-the-art GP approaches. This is an interesting aspect as small solutions better enable human interpretation. In this paper, an adaptation of GP-GOMEA to tackle real-world symbolic regression is proposed, in order to find small yet accurate mathematical expressions, and with an application to a problem of clinical interest. For radiotherapy dose reconstruction, a model is sought that captures anatomical patient similarity. This problem is particularly interesting because while features are patient-specific, the variable to regress is a distance, and is defined over patient pairs. We show that on benchmark problems as well as on the application, GP-GOMEA outperforms variants of standard GP. To find even more accurate models, we further consider an evolutionary meta learning approach, where GP-GOMEA is used to construct small, yet effective features for a different machine learning algorithm. Experimental results show how this approach significantly improves the performance of linear regression, support vector machines, and random forest, while providing meaningful and interpretable features.