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Duplicate record detection: A survey
 TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE AND DATA ENGINEERING
, 2007
"... Often, in the real world, entities have two or more representations in databases. Duplicate records do not share a common key and/or they contain errors that make duplicate matching a dif cult task. Errors are introduced as the result of transcription errors, incomplete information, lack of standard ..."
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Often, in the real world, entities have two or more representations in databases. Duplicate records do not share a common key and/or they contain errors that make duplicate matching a dif cult task. Errors are introduced as the result of transcription errors, incomplete information, lack of standard formats or any combination of these factors. In this article, we present a thorough analysis of the literature on duplicate record detection. We cover similarity metrics that are commonly used to detect similar eld entries, and we present an extensive set of duplicate detection algorithms that can detect approximately duplicate records in a database. We also cover multiple techniques for improving the ef ciency and scalability of approximate duplicate detection algorithms. We conclude with a coverage of existing tools and with a brief discussion of the big open problems in the area.
A Probabilistic Framework for SemiSupervised Clustering
, 2004
"... Unsupervised clustering can be significantly improved using supervision in the form of pairwise constraints, i.e., pairs of instances labeled as belonging to same or different clusters. In recent years, a number of algorithms have been proposed for enhancing clustering quality by employing such supe ..."
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Unsupervised clustering can be significantly improved using supervision in the form of pairwise constraints, i.e., pairs of instances labeled as belonging to same or different clusters. In recent years, a number of algorithms have been proposed for enhancing clustering quality by employing such supervision. Such methods use the constraints to either modify the objective function, or to learn the distance measure. We propose a probabilistic model for semisupervised clustering based on Hidden Markov Random Fields (HMRFs) that provides a principled framework for incorporating supervision into prototypebased clustering. The model generalizes a previous approach that combines constraints and Euclidean distance learning, and allows the use of a broad range of clustering distortion measures, including Bregman divergences (e.g., Euclidean distance and Idivergence) and directional similarity measures (e.g., cosine similarity). We present an algorithm that performs partitional semisupervised clustering of data by minimizing an objective function derived from the posterior energy of the HMRF model. Experimental results on several text data sets demonstrate the advantages of the proposed framework. 1.
Integrating Constraints and Metric Learning in SemiSupervised Clustering
 In ICML
, 2004
"... Semisupervised clustering employs a small amount of labeled data to aid unsupervised learning. Previous work in the area has utilized supervised data in one of two approaches: 1) constraintbased methods that guide the clustering algorithm towards a better grouping of the data, and 2) distanc ..."
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Semisupervised clustering employs a small amount of labeled data to aid unsupervised learning. Previous work in the area has utilized supervised data in one of two approaches: 1) constraintbased methods that guide the clustering algorithm towards a better grouping of the data, and 2) distancefunction learning methods that adapt the underlying similarity metric used by the clustering algorithm. This paper provides new methods for the two approaches as well as presents a new semisupervised clustering algorithm that integrates both of these techniques in a uniform, principled framework. Experimental results demonstrate that the unified approach produces better clusters than both individual approaches as well as previously proposed semisupervised clustering algorithms.
Get out the vote: Determining support or opposition from Congressional floordebate transcripts
 In Proceedings of EMNLP
, 2006
"... We investigate whether one can determine from the transcripts of U.S. Congressional floor debates whether the speeches represent support of or opposition to proposed legislation. To address this problem, we exploit the fact that these speeches occur as part of a discussion; this allows us to use sou ..."
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We investigate whether one can determine from the transcripts of U.S. Congressional floor debates whether the speeches represent support of or opposition to proposed legislation. To address this problem, we exploit the fact that these speeches occur as part of a discussion; this allows us to use sources of information regarding relationships between discourse segments, such as whether a given utterance indicates agreement with the opinion expressed by another. We find that the incorporation of such information yields substantial improvements over classifying speeches in isolation. 1
Active SemiSupervision for Pairwise Constrained Clustering
 Proc. 4th SIAM Intl. Conf. on Data Mining (SDM2004
"... Semisupervised clustering uses a small amount of supervised data to aid unsupervised learning. One typical approach specifies a limited number of mustlink and cannotlink constraints between pairs of examples. This paper presents a pairwise constrained clustering framework and a new method for acti ..."
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Semisupervised clustering uses a small amount of supervised data to aid unsupervised learning. One typical approach specifies a limited number of mustlink and cannotlink constraints between pairs of examples. This paper presents a pairwise constrained clustering framework and a new method for actively selecting informative pairwise constraints to get improved clustering performance. The clustering and active learning methods are both easily scalable to large datasets, and can handle very high dimensional data. Experimental and theoretical results confirm that this active querying of pairwise constraints significantly improves the accuracy of clustering when given a relatively small amount of supervision. 1
Maximum margin clustering
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 17
, 2005
"... We propose a new method for clustering based on finding maximum margin hyperplanes through data. By reformulating the problem in terms of the implied equivalence relation matrix, we can pose the problem as a convex integer program. Although this still yields a difficult computational problem, the ha ..."
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We propose a new method for clustering based on finding maximum margin hyperplanes through data. By reformulating the problem in terms of the implied equivalence relation matrix, we can pose the problem as a convex integer program. Although this still yields a difficult computational problem, the hardclustering constraints can be relaxed to a softclustering formulation which can be feasibly solved with a semidefinite program. Since our clustering technique only depends on the data through the kernel matrix, we can easily achieve nonlinear clusterings in the same manner as spectral clustering. Experimental results show that our maximum margin clustering technique often obtains more accurate results than conventional clustering methods. The real benefit of our approach, however, is that it leads naturally to a semisupervised training method for support vector machines. By maximizing the margin simultaneously on labeled and unlabeled training data, we achieve state of the art performance by using a single, integrated learning principle. 1
On the Hardness of Approximating Multicut and SparsestCut
 In Proceedings of the 20th Annual IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity
, 2005
"... We show that the MULTICUT, SPARSESTCUT, and MIN2CNF ≡ DELETION problems are NPhard to approximate within every constant factor, assuming the Unique Games Conjecture of Khot [STOC, 2002]. A quantitatively stronger version of the conjecture implies inapproximability factor of Ω(log log n). 1. ..."
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We show that the MULTICUT, SPARSESTCUT, and MIN2CNF ≡ DELETION problems are NPhard to approximate within every constant factor, assuming the Unique Games Conjecture of Khot [STOC, 2002]. A quantitatively stronger version of the conjecture implies inapproximability factor of Ω(log log n). 1.
Clustering aggregation
 In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE
, 2005
"... We consider the following problem: given a set of clusterings, find a clustering that agrees as much as possible with the given clusterings. This problem, clustering aggregation, appears naturally in various contexts. For example, clustering categorical data is an instance of the problem: each categ ..."
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We consider the following problem: given a set of clusterings, find a clustering that agrees as much as possible with the given clusterings. This problem, clustering aggregation, appears naturally in various contexts. For example, clustering categorical data is an instance of the problem: each categorical variable can be viewed as a clustering of the input rows. Moreover, clustering aggregation can be used as a metaclustering method to improve the robustness of clusterings. The problem formulation does not require apriori information about the number of clusters, and it gives a natural way for handling missing values. We give a formal statement of the clusteringaggregation problem, we discuss related work, and we suggest a number of algorithms. For several of the methods we provide theoretical guarantees on the quality of the solutions. We also show how sampling can be used to scale the algorithms for large data sets. We give an extensive empirical evaluation demonstrating the usefulness of the problem and of the solutions. 1
Toward Conditional Models of Identity Uncertainty with Application to Proper Noun Coreference
 In NIPS
, 2003
"... Coreference analysis, also known as record linkage or identity uncertainty, is a difficult and important problem in natural language processing, databases, citation matching and many other tasks. This paper introduces several discriminative, conditionalprobability models for coreference analysi ..."
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Coreference analysis, also known as record linkage or identity uncertainty, is a difficult and important problem in natural language processing, databases, citation matching and many other tasks. This paper introduces several discriminative, conditionalprobability models for coreference analysis, all examples of undirected graphical models. Unlike many historical approaches to coreference, the models presented here are relationalthey do not assume that pairwise coreference decisions should be made independently from each other. Unlike other relational models of coreference that are generative, the conditional model here can incorporate a great variety of features of the input without having to be concerned about their dependencies paralleling the advantages of conditional random fields over hidden Markov models. We present experiments on proper noun coreference in two text data sets, showing results in which we reduce error by nearly 28% or more over traditional thresholded recordlinkage, and by up to 33% over an alternative coreference technique previously used in natural language processing.
Supervised clustering with support vector machines
 in ICML
, 2005
"... Supervised clustering is the problem of training a clustering algorithm to produce desirable clusterings: given sets of items and complete clusterings over these sets, we learn how to cluster future sets of items. Example applications include nounphrase coreference clustering, and clustering news a ..."
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Supervised clustering is the problem of training a clustering algorithm to produce desirable clusterings: given sets of items and complete clusterings over these sets, we learn how to cluster future sets of items. Example applications include nounphrase coreference clustering, and clustering news articles by whether they refer to the same topic. In this paper we present an SVM algorithm that trains a clustering algorithm by adapting the itempair similarity measure. The algorithm may optimize a variety of different clustering functions to a variety of clustering performance measures. We empirically evaluate the algorithm for nounphrase and news article clustering. 1.