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Macaw: An Extensible Conversational Information Seeking Platform

Dec 18, 2019
Hamed Zamani, Nick Craswell

Conversational information seeking (CIS) has been recognized as a major emerging research area in information retrieval. Such research will require data and tools, to allow the implementation and study of conversational systems. This paper introduces Macaw, an open-source framework with a modular architecture for CIS research. Macaw supports multi-turn, multi-modal, and mixed-initiative interactions, and enables research for tasks such as document retrieval, question answering, recommendation, and structured data exploration. It has a modular design to encourage the study of new CIS algorithms, which can be evaluated in batch mode. It can also integrate with a user interface, which allows user studies and data collection in an interactive mode, where the back end can be fully algorithmic or a wizard of oz setup. Macaw is distributed under the MIT License.


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Effective Estimation of Deep Generative Language Models

Apr 17, 2019
Tom Pelsmaeker, Wilker Aziz

Advances in variational inference enable parameterisation of probabilistic models by deep neural networks. This combines the statistical transparency of the probabilistic modelling framework with the representational power of deep learning. Yet, it seems difficult to effectively estimate such models in the context of language modelling. Even models based on rather simple generative stories struggle to make use of additional structure due to a problem known as posterior collapse. We concentrate on one such model, namely, a variational auto-encoder, which we argue is an important building block in hierarchical probabilistic models of language. This paper contributes a sober view of the problem, a survey of techniques to address it, novel techniques, and extensions to the model. Our experiments on modelling written English text support a number of recommendations that should help researchers interested in this exciting field.


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A Robot Localization Framework Using CNNs for Object Detection and Pose Estimation

Oct 03, 2018
Lukas Hoyer, Christoph Steup, Sanaz Mostaghim

External localization is an essential part for the indoor operation of small or cost-efficient robots, as they are used, for example, in swarm robotics. We introduce a two-stage localization and instance identification framework for arbitrary robots based on convolutional neural networks. Object detection is performed on an external camera image of the operation zone providing robot bounding boxes for an identification and orientation estimation convolutional neural network. Additionally, we propose a process to generate the necessary training data. The framework was evaluated with 3 different robot types and various identification patterns. We have analyzed the main framework hyperparameters providing recommendations for the framework operation settings. We achieved up to 98% [email protected] and only 1.6{\deg} orientation error, running with a frame rate of 50 Hz on a GPU.


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Basket Completion with Multi-task Determinantal Point Processes

May 24, 2018
Romain Warlop, Jérémie Mary, Mike Gartrell

Determinantal point processes (DPPs) have received significant attention in the recent years as an elegant model for a variety of machine learning tasks, due to their ability to elegantly model set diversity and item quality or popularity. Recent work has shown that DPPs can be effective models for product recommendation and basket completion tasks. We present an enhanced DPP model that is specialized for the task of basket completion, the multi-task DPP. We view the basket completion problem as a multi-class classification problem, and leverage ideas from tensor factorization and multi-class classification to design the multi-task DPP model. We evaluate our model on several real-world datasets, and find that the multi-task DPP provides significantly better predictive quality than a number of state-of-the-art models.


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Towards Wide Learning: Experiments in Healthcare

Dec 21, 2016
Snehasis Banerjee, Tanushyam Chattopadhyay, Swagata Biswas, Rohan Banerjee, Anirban Dutta Choudhury, Arpan Pal, Utpal Garain

In this paper, a Wide Learning architecture is proposed that attempts to automate the feature engineering portion of the machine learning (ML) pipeline. Feature engineering is widely considered as the most time consuming and expert knowledge demanding portion of any ML task. The proposed feature recommendation approach is tested on 3 healthcare datasets: a) PhysioNet Challenge 2016 dataset of phonocardiogram (PCG) signals, b) MIMIC II blood pressure classification dataset of photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals and c) an emotion classification dataset of PPG signals. While the proposed method beats the state of the art techniques for 2nd and 3rd dataset, it reaches 94.38% of the accuracy level of the winner of PhysioNet Challenge 2016. In all cases, the effort to reach a satisfactory performance was drastically less (a few days) than manual feature engineering.

* 4 pages, Machine Learning for Health Workshop, NIPS 2016 

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Geometry Aware Mappings for High Dimensional Sparse Factors

May 16, 2016
Avradeep Bhowmik, Nathan Liu, Erheng Zhong, Badri Narayan Bhaskar, Suju Rajan

While matrix factorisation models are ubiquitous in large scale recommendation and search, real time application of such models requires inner product computations over an intractably large set of item factors. In this manuscript we present a novel framework that uses the inverted index representation to exploit structural properties of sparse vectors to significantly reduce the run time computational cost of factorisation models. We develop techniques that use geometry aware permutation maps on a tessellated unit sphere to obtain high dimensional sparse embeddings for latent factors with sparsity patterns related to angular closeness of the original latent factors. We also design several efficient and deterministic realisations within this framework and demonstrate with experiments that our techniques lead to faster run time operation with minimal loss of accuracy.

* AISTATS 2016, 13 pages, 5 figures 

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Logical Limitations to Machine Ethics with Consequences to Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Nov 11, 2014
Matthias Englert, Sandra Siebert, Martin Ziegler

Lethal Autonomous Weapons promise to revolutionize warfare -- and raise a multitude of ethical and legal questions. It has thus been suggested to program values and principles of conduct (such as the Geneva Conventions) into the machines' control, thereby rendering them both physically and morally superior to human combatants. We employ mathematical logic and theoretical computer science to explore fundamental limitations to the moral behaviour of intelligent machines in a series of "Gedankenexperiments": Refining and sharpening variants of the Trolley Problem leads us to construct an (admittedly artificial but) fully deterministic situation where a robot is presented with two choices: one morally clearly preferable over the other -- yet, based on the undecidability of the Halting problem, it provably cannot decide algorithmically which one. Our considerations have surprising implications to the question of responsibility and liability for an autonomous system's actions and lead to specific technical recommendations.


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Identifying Users From Their Rating Patterns

Jul 26, 2012
José Bento, Nadia Fawaz, Andrea Montanari, Stratis Ioannidis

This paper reports on our analysis of the 2011 CAMRa Challenge dataset (Track 2) for context-aware movie recommendation systems. The train dataset comprises 4,536,891 ratings provided by 171,670 users on 23,974$ movies, as well as the household groupings of a subset of the users. The test dataset comprises 5,450 ratings for which the user label is missing, but the household label is provided. The challenge required to identify the user labels for the ratings in the test set. Our main finding is that temporal information (time labels of the ratings) is significantly more useful for achieving this objective than the user preferences (the actual ratings). Using a model that leverages on this fact, we are able to identify users within a known household with an accuracy of approximately 96% (i.e. misclassification rate around 4%).

* Winner of the 2011 Challenge on Context-Aware Movie Recommendation (RecSys 2011 - CAMRa2011) 

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Algorithmic Recourse in Partially and Fully Confounded Settings Through Bounding Counterfactual Effects

Jun 22, 2021
Julius von Kügelgen, Nikita Agarwal, Jakob Zeitler, Afsaneh Mastouri, Bernhard Schölkopf

Algorithmic recourse aims to provide actionable recommendations to individuals to obtain a more favourable outcome from an automated decision-making system. As it involves reasoning about interventions performed in the physical world, recourse is fundamentally a causal problem. Existing methods compute the effect of recourse actions using a causal model learnt from data under the assumption of no hidden confounding and modelling assumptions such as additive noise. Building on the seminal work of Balke and Pearl (1994), we propose an alternative approach for discrete random variables which relaxes these assumptions and allows for unobserved confounding and arbitrary structural equations. The proposed approach only requires specification of the causal graph and confounding structure and bounds the expected counterfactual effect of recourse actions. If the lower bound is above a certain threshold, i.e., on the other side of the decision boundary, recourse is guaranteed in expectation.

* Preliminary workshop version; work in progress 

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Dimensional Reweighting Graph Convolutional Networks

Jul 04, 2019
Xu Zou, Qiuye Jia, Jianwei Zhang, Chang Zhou, Hongxia Yang, Jie Tang

Graph Convolution Networks (GCNs) are becoming more and more popular for learning node representations on graphs. Though there exist various developments on sampling and aggregation to accelerate the training process and improve the performances, limited works focus on dealing with the dimensional information imbalance of node representations. To bridge the gap, we propose a method named Dimensional reweighting Graph Convolution Network (DrGCN). We theoretically prove that our DrGCN can guarantee to improve the stability of GCNs via mean field theory. Our dimensional reweighting method is very flexible and can be easily combined with most sampling and aggregation techniques for GCNs. Experimental results demonstrate its superior performances on several challenging transductive and inductive node classification benchmark datasets. Our DrGCN also outperforms existing models on an industrial-sized Alibaba recommendation dataset.


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