CSAIL Event Calendar: Previous Series
Thesis Defense: Regularized Algorithms for Ranking, and Manifold Learning for Related Tasks
Speaker: Giorgos Zacharia , Center for Biological & Computational Learning (CBCL)
Relevant URL: http://cbcl.mit.edu/
This thesis describes an investigation of regularized algorithms for ranking problems for user preferences and information retrieval problems. We utilize regularized manifold algorithms to appropriately incorporate data from related tasks. This investigation was inspired by personalization challenges in both user preference and information retrieval ranking problems. We formulate the ranking problem of related tasks as a special case of semi-supervised learning. We examine how to incorporate instances from related tasks, with the appropriate penalty in the loss function to optimize performance on the hold out sets. We present a regularized manifold approach that allows us to learn a distance metric for the different instances directly from the data. This approach allows incorporation of information from related task examples, without prior estimation of cross-task coefficient covariances. We also present applications of ranking problems in two text analysis problems: a) Supervise content-word learning, and b) Company Entity matching for record linkage problems.