Efficient Optimization for Average Precision SVM

Mohapatra, Pritish, Jawahar, C.V., Kumar, M. Pawan

Neural Information Processing Systems 

The accuracy of information retrieval systems is often measured using average precision (AP). Given a set of positive (relevant) and negative (non-relevant) samples, the parameters of a retrieval system can be estimated using the AP-SVM framework, which minimizes a regularized convex upper bound on the empirical AP loss. However, the high computational complexity of loss-augmented inference, which is required for learning an AP-SVM, prohibits its use with large training datasets. To alleviate this deficiency, we propose three complementary approaches. The second approach takes advantage of the fact that we do not require a full ranking during loss-augmented inference.