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AAAI Conferences

Label ranking aims to map instances to an order over a predefined set of labels. It is ideal that the label ranking model is trained by directly maximizing performance measures on training data. However, existing studies on label ranking models mainly based on the minimization of classification errors or rank losses. To fill in this gap in label ranking, in this paper a novel label ranking model is learned by minimizing a loss function directly defined on the performance measures. The proposed algorithm, referred to as BoostLR, employs a boosting framework and utilizes the rank aggregation technique to construct weak label rankers. Experimental results reveal the initial success of BoostLR.


Multi-Prototype Label Ranking with Novel Pairwise-to-Total-Rank Aggregation

AAAI Conferences

We propose a multi-prototype-based algorithm for online learning of soft pairwise-preferences over labels. The algorithm learns soft label preferences via minimization of the proposed soft rank-loss measure, and can learn from total orders as well as from various types of partial orders. The soft pairwise preference algorithm outputs are further aggregated to produce a total label ranking prediction using a novel aggregation algorithm that outperforms existing aggregation solutions. Experiments on synthetic and real-world data demonstrate state-of-the-art performance of the proposed model.


Non-linear Label Ranking for Large-scale Prediction of Long-Term User Interests

arXiv.org Machine Learning

We consider the problem of personalization of online services from the viewpoint of ad targeting, where we seek to find the best ad categories to be shown to each user, resulting in improved user experience and increased advertisers' revenue. We propose to address this problem as a task of ranking the ad categories depending on a user's preference, and introduce a novel label ranking approach capable of efficiently learning non-linear, highly accurate models in large-scale settings. Experiments on a real-world advertising data set with more than 3.2 million users show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the existing solutions in terms of both rank loss and top-K retrieval performance, strongly suggesting the benefit of using the proposed model on large-scale ranking problems.


Non-Linear Label Ranking for Large-Scale Prediction of Long-Term User Interests

AAAI Conferences

We consider the problem of personalization of online services from the viewpoint of ad targeting, where we seek to find the best ad categories to be shown to each user, resulting in improved user experience and increased advertiser's revenue. We propose to address this problem as a task of ranking the ad categories depending on a user's preference, and introduce a novel label ranking approach capable of efficiently learning non-linear, highly accurate models in large-scale settings. Experiments on real-world advertising data set with more than 3.2 million users show that the proposed algorithm outperforms the existing solutions in terms of both rank loss and top-K retrieval performance, strongly suggesting the benefit of using the proposed model on large-scale ranking problems.


Improving Label Ranking Ensembles using Boosting Techniques

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Label ranking is a prediction task which deals with learning a mapping between an instance and a ranking (i.e., order) of labels from a finite set, representing their relevance to the instance. Boosting is a well-known and reliable ensemble technique that was shown to often outperform other learning algorithms. While boosting algorithms were developed for a multitude of machine learning tasks, label ranking tasks were overlooked. In this paper, we propose a boosting algorithm which was specifically designed for label ranking tasks. Extensive evaluation of the proposed algorithm on 24 semi-synthetic and real-world label ranking datasets shows that it significantly outperforms existing state-of-the-art label ranking algorithms.