Listwise Learning to Rank Based on Approximate Rank Indicators

Thibaut Thonet, Yagmur Gizem Cinar, Éric Gaussier, Minghan Li, Jean-Michel Renders
2022 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence  
We study here a way to approximate information retrieval metrics through a softmax-based approximation of the rank indicator function. Indeed, this latter function is a key component in the design of information retrieval metrics, as well as in the design of the ranking and sorting functions. Obtaining a good approximation for it thus opens the door to differentiable approximations of many evaluation measures that can in turn be used in neural end-to-end approaches. We first prove theoretically
more » ... that the approximations proposed are of good quality, prior to validate them experimentally on both learning to rank and text-based information retrieval tasks.
dblp:conf/aaai/ThonetCGLR22 fatcat:vadei2yxjnbqhkhsfs5kcvu3b4