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Sapphire: Automatic Configuration Recommendation for Distributed Storage Systems

Jul 07, 2020
Wenhao Lyu, Youyou Lu, Jiwu Shu, Wei Zhao

Modern distributed storage systems come with aplethora of configurable parameters that controlmodule behavior and affect system performance. Default settings provided by developers are often suboptimal for specific user cases. Tuning parameters can provide significant performance gains but is a difficult task requiring profound experience and expertise, due to the immense number of configurable parameters, complex inner dependencies and non-linearsystem behaviors. To overcome these difficulties, we propose an automatic simulation-based approach, Sapphire, to recommend optimal configurations by leveraging machine learning and black-box optimization techniques. We evaluate Sapphire on Ceph. Results show that Sapphire significantly boosts Ceph performance to 2.2x compared to the default configuration.


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Quotation Recommendation and Interpretation Based on Transformation from Queries to Quotations

Jun 01, 2021
Lingzhi Wang, Xingshan Zeng, Kam-Fai Wong

To help individuals express themselves better, quotation recommendation is receiving growing attention. Nevertheless, most prior efforts focus on modeling quotations and queries separately and ignore the relationship between the quotations and the queries. In this work, we introduce a transformation matrix that directly maps the query representations to quotation representations. To better learn the mapping relationship, we employ a mapping loss that minimizes the distance of two semantic spaces (one for quotation and another for mapped-query). Furthermore, we explore using the words in history queries to interpret the figurative language of quotations, where quotation-aware attention is applied on top of history queries to highlight the indicator words. Experiments on two datasets in English and Chinese show that our model outperforms previous state-of-the-art models.

* ACL 2021 

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SciRecSys: A Recommendation System for Scientific Publication by Discovering Keyword Relationships

Feb 27, 2015
Vu Le Anh, Vo Hoang Hai, Hung Nghiep Tran, Jason J. Jung

In this work, we propose a new approach for discovering various relationships among keywords over the scientific publications based on a Markov Chain model. It is an important problem since keywords are the basic elements for representing abstract objects such as documents, user profiles, topics and many things else. Our model is very effective since it combines four important factors in scientific publications: content, publicity, impact and randomness. Particularly, a recommendation system (called SciRecSys) has been presented to support users to efficiently find out relevant articles.


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From Task Classification Towards Similarity Measures for Recommendation in Crowdsourcing Systems

Jul 20, 2017
Steffen Schnitzer, Svenja Neitzel, Christoph Rensing

Task selection in micro-task markets can be supported by recommender systems to help individuals to find appropriate tasks. Previous work showed that for the selection process of a micro-task the semantic aspects, such as the required action and the comprehensibility, are rated more important than factual aspects, such as the payment or the required completion time. This work gives a foundation to create such similarity measures. Therefore, we show that an automatic classification based on task descriptions is possible. Additionally, we propose similarity measures to cluster micro-tasks according to semantic aspects.

* Work in Progress Paper at HCOMP 2017 

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Practical Recommendations for Replay-based Continual Learning Methods

Mar 19, 2022
Gabriele Merlin, Vincenzo Lomonaco, Andrea Cossu, Antonio Carta, Davide Bacciu

Continual Learning requires the model to learn from a stream of dynamic, non-stationary data without forgetting previous knowledge. Several approaches have been developed in the literature to tackle the Continual Learning challenge. Among them, Replay approaches have empirically proved to be the most effective ones. Replay operates by saving some samples in memory which are then used to rehearse knowledge during training in subsequent tasks. However, an extensive comparison and deeper understanding of different replay implementation subtleties is still missing in the literature. The aim of this work is to compare and analyze existing replay-based strategies and provide practical recommendations on developing efficient, effective and generally applicable replay-based strategies. In particular, we investigate the role of the memory size value, different weighting policies and discuss about the impact of data augmentation, which allows reaching better performance with lower memory sizes.


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Citation Recommendation for Research Papers via Knowledge Graphs

Jun 10, 2021
Arthur Brack, Anett Hoppe, Ralph Ewerth

Citation recommendation for research papers is a valuable task that can help researchers improve the quality of their work by suggesting relevant related work. Current approaches for this task rely primarily on the text of the papers and the citation network. In this paper, we propose to exploit an additional source of information, namely research knowledge graphs (KG) that interlink research papers based on mentioned scientific concepts. Our experimental results demonstrate that the combination of information from research KGs with existing state-of-the-art approaches is beneficial. Experimental results are presented for the STM-KG (STM: Science, Technology, Medicine), which is an automatically populated knowledge graph based on the scientific concepts extracted from papers of ten domains. The proposed approach outperforms the state of the art with a mean average precision of 20.6% (+0.8) for the top-50 retrieved results.

* Accepted for publication in 25th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), 2021 

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On the Fairness of Randomized Trials for Recommendation with Heterogeneous Demographics and Beyond

Feb 05, 2020
Zifeng Wang, Xi Chen, Rui Wen, Shao-Lun Huang

Observed events in recommendation are consequence of the decisions made by a policy, thus they are usually selectively labeled, namely the data are Missing Not At Random (MNAR), which often causes large bias to the estimate of true outcomes risk. A general approach to correct MNAR bias is performing small Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), where an additional uniform policy is employed to randomly assign items to each user. In this work, we concentrate on the fairness of RCTs under both homogeneous and heterogeneous demographics, especially analyzing the bias for the least favorable group on the latter setting. Considering RCTs' limitations, we propose a novel Counterfactual Robust Risk Minimization (CRRM) framework, which is totally free of expensive RCTs, and derive its theoretical generalization error bound. At last, empirical experiments are performed on synthetic tasks and real-world data sets, substantiating our method's superiority both in fairness and generalization.


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Monte Carlo Rollout Policy for Recommendation Systems with Dynamic User Behavior

Feb 08, 2021
Rahul Meshram, Kesav Kaza

We model online recommendation systems using the hidden Markov multi-state restless multi-armed bandit problem. To solve this we present Monte Carlo rollout policy. We illustrate numerically that Monte Carlo rollout policy performs better than myopic policy for arbitrary transition dynamics with no specific structure. But, when some structure is imposed on the transition dynamics, myopic policy performs better than Monte Carlo rollout policy.

* 5 Pages, 4 figures, conference COMSNETS 2021 

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Risk Aversion In Learning Algorithms and an Application To Recommendation Systems

May 10, 2022
Andreas Haupt, Aroon Narayanan

Consider a bandit learning environment. We demonstrate that popular learning algorithms such as Upper Confidence Band (UCB) and $\varepsilon$-Greedy exhibit risk aversion: when presented with two arms of the same expectation, but different variance, the algorithms tend to not choose the riskier, i.e. higher variance, arm. We prove that $\varepsilon$-Greedy chooses the risky arm with probability tending to $0$ when faced with a deterministic and a Rademacher-distributed arm. We show experimentally that UCB also shows risk-averse behavior, and that risk aversion is present persistently in early rounds of learning even if the riskier arm has a slightly higher expectation. We calibrate our model to a recommendation system and show that algorithmic risk aversion can decrease consumer surplus and increase homogeneity. We discuss several extensions to other bandit algorithms, reinforcement learning, and investigate the impacts of algorithmic risk aversion for decision theory.

* 19 pages, 5 figures 

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Scientific Dataset Discovery via Topic-level Recommendation

Jun 07, 2021
Basmah Altaf, Shichao Pei, Xiangliang Zhang

Data intensive research requires the support of appropriate datasets. However, it is often time-consuming to discover usable datasets matching a specific research topic. We formulate the dataset discovery problem on an attributed heterogeneous graph, which is composed of paper-paper citation, paper-dataset citation, and also paper content. We propose to characterize both paper and dataset nodes by their commonly shared latent topics, rather than learning user and item representations via canonical graph embedding models, because the usage of datasets and the themes of research projects can be understood on the common base of research topics. The relevant datasets to a given research project can then be inferred in the shared topic space. The experimental results show that our model can generate reasonable profiles for datasets, and recommend proper datasets for a query, which represents a research project linked with several papers.


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