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Balancing Competing Objectives with Noisy Data: Score-Based Classifiers for Welfare-Aware Machine Learning

Mar 15, 2020
Esther Rolf, Max Simchowitz, Sarah Dean, Lydia T. Liu, Daniel Björkegren, Moritz Hardt, Joshua Blumenstock

While real-world decisions involve many competing objectives, algorithmic decisions are often evaluated with a single objective function. In this paper, we study algorithmic policies which explicitly trade off between a private objective (such as profit) and a public objective (such as social welfare). We analyze a natural class of policies which trace an empirical Pareto frontier based on learned scores, and focus on how such decisions can be made in noisy or data-limited regimes. Our theoretical results characterize the optimal strategies in this class, bound the Pareto errors due to inaccuracies in the scores, and show an equivalence between optimal strategies and a rich class of fairness-constrained profit-maximizing policies. We then present empirical results in two different contexts --- online content recommendation and sustainable abalone fisheries --- to underscore the applicability of our approach to a wide range of practical decisions. Taken together, these results shed light on inherent trade-offs in using machine learning for decisions that impact social welfare.


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ET-USB: Transformer-Based Sequential Behavior Modeling for Inbound Customer Service

Dec 27, 2019
Ta-Chun Su, Guan-Ying Chen

Deep learning models with attention mechanisms have achieved exceptional results for many tasks, including language tasks and recommendation systems. Whereas previous studies have emphasized allocation of phone agents, we focused on inbound call prediction for customer service. A common method of analyzing user history behaviors is to extract all types of aggregated feature over time, but that method may fail to detect users' behavioral sequences. Therefore, we created a new approach, ET-USB, that incorporates users' sequential and nonsequential features; we apply the powerful Transformer encoder, a self-attention network model, to capture the information underlying user behavior sequences. ET-USB is helpful in various business scenarios at Cathay Financial Holdings. We conducted experiments to test the proposed network structure's ability to process various dimensions of behavior data; the results suggest that ET-USB delivers results superior to those of delivered by other deep-learning models.


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Machine learning on field data for hydraulic fracturing design optimization

Oct 28, 2019
R. F. Mutalova, A. D. Morozov, A. A. Osiptsov, A. L. Vainshtein, E. V. Burnaev, E. V. Shel, G. V. Paderin

This paper summarizes the efforts of the creation of a digital database of field data from several thousands of multistage hydraulic fracturing jobs on near-horizontal wells from several different oilfields in Western Siberia, Russia. In terms of the number of points (fracturing jobs), the present database is a rare case of an outstandingly representative dataset of thousands of cases, compared to typical databases available in the literature, comprising tens or hundreds of pints at best. The focus is made on data gathering from various sources, data preprocessing and development of the architecture of a database as well as solving fracture design optimization via machine learning. We work with the database composed from reservoir properties, fracturing designs and production data. Both a forward problem (prediction of production rate from fracturing design parameters) and an inverse problem (selecting an optimum set of frac design parameters to maximize production) are considered. A recommendation system is designed for advising a DESC engineer on an optimized fracturing design.


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Complementary-Similarity Learning using Quadruplet Network

Sep 14, 2019
Mansi Ranjit Mane, Stephen Guo, Kannan Achan

We propose a novel learning framework to answer questions such as "if a user is purchasing a shirt, what other items will (s)he need with the shirt?" Our framework learns distributed representations for items from available textual data, with the learned representations representing items in a latent space expressing functional complementarity as well similarity. In particular, our framework places functionally similar items close together in the latent space, while also placing complementary items closer than non-complementary items, but farther away than similar items. In this study, we introduce a new dataset of similar, complementary, and negative items derived from the Amazon co-purchase dataset. For evaluation purposes, we focus our approach on clothing and fashion verticals. As per our knowledge, this is the first attempt to learn similar and complementary relationships simultaneously through just textual title metadata. Our framework is applicable across a broad set of items in the product catalog and can generate quality complementary item recommendations at scale.


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Is Deep Reinforcement Learning Really Superhuman on Atari?

Aug 22, 2019
Marin Toromanoff, Emilie Wirbel, Fabien Moutarde

Consistent and reproducible evaluation of Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) is not straightforward. In the Arcade Learning Environment (ALE), small changes in environment parameters such as stochasticity or the maximum allowed play time can lead to very different performance. In this work, we discuss the difficulties of comparing different agents trained on ALE. In order to take a step further towards reproducible and comparable DRL, we introduce SABER, a Standardized Atari BEnchmark for general Reinforcement learning algorithms. Our methodology extends previous recommendations and contains a complete set of environment parameters as well as train and test procedures. We then use SABER to evaluate the current state of the art, Rainbow. Furthermore, we introduce a human world records baseline, and argue that previous claims of expert or superhuman performance of DRL might not be accurate. Finally, we propose Rainbow-IQN by extending Rainbow with Implicit Quantile Networks (IQN) leading to new state-of-the-art performance. Source code is available for reproducibility.

* Paper currently in review 

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Improving Mechanical Ventilator Clinical Decision Support Systems with A Machine Learning Classifier for Determining Ventilator Mode

Apr 29, 2019
Gregory B. Rehm, Brooks T. Kuhn, Jimmy Nguyen, Nicholas R. Anderson, Chen-Nee Chuah, Jason Y. Adams

Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) will play an in-creasing role in improving the quality of medical care for critically ill patients. However, due to limitations in current informatics infrastructure, CDSS do not always have com-plete information on state of supporting physiologic monitor-ing devices, which can limit the input data available to CDSS. This is especially true in the use case of mechanical ventilation (MV), where current CDSS have no knowledge of critical ventilation settings, such as ventilation mode. To enable MV CDSS to make accurate recommendations related to ventilator mode, we developed a highly performant ma-chine learning model that is able to perform per-breath clas-sification of 5 of the most widely used ventilation modes in the USA with an average F1-score of 97.52%. We also show how our approach makes methodologic improvements over previous work and that it is highly robust to missing data caused by software/sensor error.


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Constant Time Graph Neural Networks

Jan 23, 2019
Ryoma Sato, Makoto Yamada, Hisashi Kashima

Recent advancements in graph neural networks (GNN) have led to state-of-the-art performance in various applications including chemo-informatics, question answering systems, and recommendation systems, to name a few. However, making these methods scalable to huge graphs such as web-mining remains a challenge. In particular, the existing methods for accelerating GNN are either not theoretically guaranteed in terms of approximation error or require at least linear time computation cost. In this paper, we propose a constant time approximation algorithm for the inference and training of GNN that theoretically guarantees arbitrary precision with arbitrary probability. The key advantage of the proposed algorithm is that the complexity is completely independent of the number of nodes, edges, and neighbors of the input. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first constant time approximation algorithm for GNN with theoretical guarantee. Through experiments using synthetic and real-world datasets, we evaluate our proposed approximation algorithm and show that the algorithm can successfully approximate GNN in constant time.


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Inductive Representation Learning on Large Graphs

Sep 10, 2018
William L. Hamilton, Rex Ying, Jure Leskovec

Low-dimensional embeddings of nodes in large graphs have proved extremely useful in a variety of prediction tasks, from content recommendation to identifying protein functions. However, most existing approaches require that all nodes in the graph are present during training of the embeddings; these previous approaches are inherently transductive and do not naturally generalize to unseen nodes. Here we present GraphSAGE, a general, inductive framework that leverages node feature information (e.g., text attributes) to efficiently generate node embeddings for previously unseen data. Instead of training individual embeddings for each node, we learn a function that generates embeddings by sampling and aggregating features from a node's local neighborhood. Our algorithm outperforms strong baselines on three inductive node-classification benchmarks: we classify the category of unseen nodes in evolving information graphs based on citation and Reddit post data, and we show that our algorithm generalizes to completely unseen graphs using a multi-graph dataset of protein-protein interactions.

* Published in NIPS 2017; version with full appendix and minor corrections 

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