Active Learning to Rank using Pairwise Supervision [chapter]

Buyue Qian, Hongfei Li, Jun Wang, Xiang Wang, Ian Davidson
2013 Proceedings of the 2013 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining  
This paper investigates learning a ranking function using pairwise constraints in the context of human-machine interaction. As the performance of a learnt ranking model is predominantly determined by the quality and quantity of training data, in this work we explore an active learning to rank approach. Furthermore, since humans may not be able to confidently provide an order for a pair of similar instances we explore two types of pairwise supervision: (i) a set of "strongly" ordered pairs which
more » ... contains confidently ranked instances, and (ii) a set of "weakly" ordered pairs which consists of similar or closely ranked instances. Our active knowledge injection is performed by querying domain experts on pairwise orderings, where informative pairs are located by considering both local and global uncertainties. Under this active scheme, querying of pairs which are uninformative or outliers instances would not occur. We evaluate the proposed approach on three real world datasets and compare with representative methods. The promising experimental results demonstrate the superior performance of our approach, and validate the effectiveness of actively using pairwise orderings to improve ranking performance.
doi:10.1137/1.9781611972832.33 dblp:conf/sdm/DavidsonLQWW13 fatcat:a57qzorzzrajfb7s25utzomcpy