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Optimizing Search Engines using Clickthrough Data
, 2002
"... This paper presents an approach to automatically optimizing the retrieval quality of search engines using clickthrough data. Intuitively, a good information retrieval system should present relevant documents high in the ranking, with less relevant documents following below. While previous approaches ..."
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This paper presents an approach to automatically optimizing the retrieval quality of search engines using clickthrough data. Intuitively, a good information retrieval system should present relevant documents high in the ranking, with less relevant documents following below. While previous approaches to learning retrieval functions from examples exist, they typically require training data generated from relevance judgments by experts. This makes them difficult and expensive to apply. The goal of this paper is to develop a method that utilizes clickthrough data for training, namely the querylog of the search engine in connection with the log of links the users clicked on in the presented ranking. Such clickthrough data is available in abundance and can be recorded at very low cost. Taking a Support Vector Machine (SVM) approach, this paper presents a method for learning retrieval functions. From a theoretical perspective, this method is shown to be wellfounded in a risk minimization framework. Furthermore, it is shown to be feasible even for large sets of queries and features. The theoretical results are verified in a controlled experiment. It shows that the method can effectively adapt the retrieval function of a metasearch engine to a particular group of users, outperforming Google in terms of retrieval quality after only a couple of hundred training examples.
Reducing Multiclass to Binary: A Unifying Approach for Margin Classifiers
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2000
"... We present a unifying framework for studying the solution of multiclass categorization problems by reducing them to multiple binary problems that are then solved using a marginbased binary learning algorithm. The proposed framework unifies some of the most popular approaches in which each class ..."
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We present a unifying framework for studying the solution of multiclass categorization problems by reducing them to multiple binary problems that are then solved using a marginbased binary learning algorithm. The proposed framework unifies some of the most popular approaches in which each class is compared against all others, or in which all pairs of classes are compared to each other, or in which output codes with errorcorrecting properties are used. We propose a general method for combining the classifiers generated on the binary problems, and we prove a general empirical multiclass loss bound given the empirical loss of the individual binary learning algorithms. The scheme and the corresponding bounds apply to many popular classification learning algorithms including supportvector machines, AdaBoost, regression, logistic regression and decisiontree algorithms. We also give a multiclass generalization error analysis for general output codes with AdaBoost as the binary learner. Experimental results with SVM and AdaBoost show that our scheme provides a viable alternative to the most commonly used multiclass algorithms.
On the algorithmic implementation of multiclass kernelbased vector machines
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
"... In this paper we describe the algorithmic implementation of multiclass kernelbased vector machines. Our starting point is a generalized notion of the margin to multiclass problems. Using this notion we cast multiclass categorization problems as a constrained optimization problem with a quadratic ob ..."
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In this paper we describe the algorithmic implementation of multiclass kernelbased vector machines. Our starting point is a generalized notion of the margin to multiclass problems. Using this notion we cast multiclass categorization problems as a constrained optimization problem with a quadratic objective function. Unlike most of previous approaches which typically decompose a multiclass problem into multiple independent binary classification tasks, our notion of margin yields a direct method for training multiclass predictors. By using the dual of the optimization problem we are able to incorporate kernels with a compact set of constraints and decompose the dual problem into multiple optimization problems of reduced size. We describe an efficient fixedpoint algorithm for solving the reduced optimization problems and prove its convergence. We then discuss technical details that yield significant running time improvements for large datasets. Finally, we describe various experiments with our approach comparing it to previously studied kernelbased methods. Our experiments indicate that for multiclass problems we attain stateoftheart accuracy.
Discriminative Reranking for Natural Language Parsing
, 2005
"... This article considers approaches which rerank the output of an existing probabilistic parser. The base parser produces a set of candidate parses for each input sentence, with associated probabilities that define an initial ranking of these parses. A second model then attempts to improve upon this i ..."
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This article considers approaches which rerank the output of an existing probabilistic parser. The base parser produces a set of candidate parses for each input sentence, with associated probabilities that define an initial ranking of these parses. A second model then attempts to improve upon this initial ranking, using additional features of the tree as evidence. The strength of our approach is that it allows a tree to be represented as an arbitrary set of features, without concerns about how these features interact or overlap and without the need to define a derivation or a generative model which takes these features into account. We introduce a new method for the reranking task, based on the boosting approach to ranking problems described in Freund et al. (1998). We apply the boosting method to parsing the Wall Street Journal treebank. The method combined the loglikelihood under a baseline model (that of Collins [1999]) with evidence from an additional 500,000 features over parse trees that were not included in the original model. The new model achieved 89.75 % Fmeasure, a 13 % relative decrease in Fmeasure error over the baseline model’s score of 88.2%. The article also introduces a new algorithm for the boosting approach which takes advantage of the sparsity of the feature space in the parsing data. Experiments show significant efficiency gains for the new algorithm over the obvious implementation of the boosting approach. We argue that the method is an appealing alternative—in terms of both simplicity and efficiency—to work on feature selection methods within loglinear (maximumentropy) models. Although the experiments in this article are on natural language parsing (NLP), the approach should be applicable to many other NLP problems which are naturally framed as ranking tasks, for example, speech recognition, machine translation, or natural language generation.
Logistic Regression, AdaBoost and Bregman Distances
, 2000
"... We give a unified account of boosting and logistic regression in which each learning problem is cast in terms of optimization of Bregman distances. The striking similarity of the two problems in this framework allows us to design and analyze algorithms for both simultaneously, and to easily adapt al ..."
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We give a unified account of boosting and logistic regression in which each learning problem is cast in terms of optimization of Bregman distances. The striking similarity of the two problems in this framework allows us to design and analyze algorithms for both simultaneously, and to easily adapt algorithms designed for one problem to the other. For both problems, we give new algorithms and explain their potential advantages over existing methods. These algorithms can be divided into two types based on whether the parameters are iteratively updated sequentially (one at a time) or in parallel (all at once). We also describe a parameterized family of algorithms which interpolates smoothly between these two extremes. For all of the algorithms, we give convergence proofs using a general formalization of the auxiliaryfunction proof technique. As one of our sequentialupdate algorithms is equivalent to AdaBoost, this provides the first general proof of convergence for AdaBoost. We show that all of our algorithms generalize easily to the multiclass case, and we contrast the new algorithms with iterative scaling. We conclude with a few experimental results with synthetic data that highlight the behavior of the old and newly proposed algorithms in different settings.
Learning to resolve natural language ambiguities: A unified approach
 In Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 806813. Segond F., Schiller A., Grefenstette & Chanod F.P
, 1998
"... distinct semanticonceptsuch as interest rate and has interest in Math are conflated in ordinary text. We analyze a few of the commonly used statistics based The surrounding context word associations and synand machine learning algorithms for natural language tactic patterns in this case are suffl ..."
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distinct semanticonceptsuch as interest rate and has interest in Math are conflated in ordinary text. We analyze a few of the commonly used statistics based The surrounding context word associations and synand machine learning algorithms for natural language tactic patterns in this case are sufflcicnt to identify disambiguation tasks and observe tha they can bc recast as learning linear separators in the feature space. the correct form. Each of the methods makes a priori assumptions, which Many of these arc important standalone problems it employs, given the data, when searching for its hy but even more important is thei role in many applicapothesis. Nevertheless, as we show, it searches a space tions including speech recognition, machine translation, that is as rich as the space of all linear separators. information extraction and intelligent humanmachine We use this to build an argument for a data driven interaction. Most of the ambiguity resolution problems approach which merely searches for a good linear sepa are at the lower level of the natural language inferences rator in the feature space, without further assumptions chain; a wide range and a large number of ambigui
On the Learnability and Design of Output Codes for Multiclass Problems
 In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory
, 2000
"... . Output coding is a general framework for solving multiclass categorization problems. Previous research on output codes has focused on building multiclass machines given predefined output codes. In this paper we discuss for the first time the problem of designing output codes for multiclass problem ..."
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. Output coding is a general framework for solving multiclass categorization problems. Previous research on output codes has focused on building multiclass machines given predefined output codes. In this paper we discuss for the first time the problem of designing output codes for multiclass problems. For the design problem of discrete codes, which have been used extensively in previous works, we present mostly negative results. We then introduce the notion of continuous codes and cast the design problem of continuous codes as a constrained optimization problem. We describe three optimization problems corresponding to three different norms of the code matrix. Interestingly, for the l 2 norm our formalism results in a quadratic program whose dual does not depend on the length of the code. A special case of our formalism provides a multiclass scheme for building support vector machines which can be solved efficiently. We give a time and space efficient algorithm for solving the quadratic program. We describe preliminary experiments with synthetic data show that our algorithm is often two orders of magnitude faster than standard quadratic programming packages. We conclude with the generalization properties of the algorithm. Keywords: Multiclass categorization,output coding, SVM 1.
The Complexity and Approximability of Finding Maximum Feasible Subsystems of Linear Relations
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1993
"... We study the combinatorial problem which consists, given a system of linear relations, of finding a maximum feasible subsystem, that is a solution satisfying as many relations as possible. The computational complexity of this general problem, named Max FLS, is investigated for the four types of rela ..."
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We study the combinatorial problem which consists, given a system of linear relations, of finding a maximum feasible subsystem, that is a solution satisfying as many relations as possible. The computational complexity of this general problem, named Max FLS, is investigated for the four types of relations =, , ? and 6=. Various constrained versions of Max FLS, where a subset of relations must be satisfied or where the variables take bounded discrete values, are also considered. We establish the complexity of solving these problems optimally and, whenever they are intractable, we determine their degree of approximability. Max FLS with =, or ? relations is NPhard even when restricted to homogeneous systems with bipolar coefficients, whereas it can be solved in polynomial time for 6= relations with real coefficients. The various NPhard versions of Max FLS belong to different approximability classes depending on the type of relations and the additional constraints. We show that the ran...
On the Approximability of Minimizing Nonzero Variables Or Unsatisfied Relations in Linear Systems
, 1997
"... We investigate the computational complexity of two closely related classes of combinatorial optimization problems for linear systems which arise in various fields such as machine learning, operations research and pattern recognition. In the first class (Min ULR) one wishes, given a possibly infeasib ..."
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We investigate the computational complexity of two closely related classes of combinatorial optimization problems for linear systems which arise in various fields such as machine learning, operations research and pattern recognition. In the first class (Min ULR) one wishes, given a possibly infeasible system of linear relations, to find a solution that violates as few relations as possible while satisfying all the others. In the second class (Min RVLS) the linear system is supposed to be feasible and one looks for a solution with as few nonzero variables as possible. For both Min ULR and Min RVLS the four basic types of relational operators =, , ? and 6= are considered. While Min RVLS with equations was known to be NPhard in [27], we established in [2, 5] that Min ULR with equalities and inequalities are NPhard even when restricted to homogeneous systems with bipolar coefficients. The latter problems have been shown hard to approximate in [8]. In this paper we determine strong bou...