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A Survey on State-of-the-art Techniques for Knowledge Graphs Construction and Challenges ahead

Oct 15, 2021
Ali Hur, Naeem Janjua, Mohiuddin Ahmed

Global datasphere is increasing fast, and it is expected to reach 175 Zettabytes by 20251 . However, most of the content is unstructured and is not understandable by machines. Structuring this data into a knowledge graph enables multitudes of intelligent applications such as deep question answering, recommendation systems, semantic search, etc. The knowledge graph is an emerging technology that allows logical reasoning and uncovers new insights using content along with the context. Thereby, it provides necessary syntax and reasoning semantics that enable machines to solve complex healthcare, security, financial institutions, economics, and business problems. As an outcome, enterprises are putting their effort into constructing and maintaining knowledge graphs to support various downstream applications. Manual approaches are too expensive. Automated schemes can reduce the cost of building knowledge graphs up to 15-250 times. This paper critiques state-of-the-art automated techniques to produce knowledge graphs of near-human quality autonomously. Additionally, it highlights different research issues that need to be addressed to deliver high-quality knowledge graphs


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Predicting user demographics based on interest analysis

Aug 02, 2021
Reza Shafiloo, Marjan Kaedi, Ali Pourmiri

These days, due to the increasing amount of information generated on the web, most web service providers try to personalize their services. Users also interact with web-based systems in multiple ways and state their interests and preferences by rating the provided items. This paper proposes a framework to predict users' demographic based on ratings registered by users in a system. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the item ratings are employed for users' demographic prediction problems, which have extensively been studied in recommendation systems and service personalization. We apply the framework to the Movielens dataset's ratings and predict users' age and gender. The experimental results show that using all ratings registered by users improves the prediction accuracy by at least 16% compared with previously studied models. Moreover, by classifying the items as popular and unpopular, we eliminate ratings that belong to 95% of items and still reach an acceptable level of accuracy. This significantly reduces update costs in a time-varying environment. Besides this classification, we propose other methods to reduce data volume while keeping the predictions accurate.

* 14 pages, 3 figures 

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An Ethical Framework for Guiding the Development of Affectively-Aware Artificial Intelligence

Jul 29, 2021
Desmond C. Ong

The recent rapid advancements in artificial intelligence research and deployment have sparked more discussion about the potential ramifications of socially- and emotionally-intelligent AI. The question is not if research can produce such affectively-aware AI, but when it will. What will it mean for society when machines -- and the corporations and governments they serve -- can "read" people's minds and emotions? What should developers and operators of such AI do, and what should they not do? The goal of this article is to pre-empt some of the potential implications of these developments, and propose a set of guidelines for evaluating the (moral and) ethical consequences of affectively-aware AI, in order to guide researchers, industry professionals, and policy-makers. We propose a multi-stakeholder analysis framework that separates the ethical responsibilities of AI Developers vis-\`a-vis the entities that deploy such AI -- which we term Operators. Our analysis produces two pillars that clarify the responsibilities of each of these stakeholders: Provable Beneficence, which rests on proving the effectiveness of the AI, and Responsible Stewardship, which governs responsible collection, use, and storage of data and the decisions made from such data. We end with recommendations for researchers, developers, operators, as well as regulators and law-makers.

* Accepted at IEEE Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2021 

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XAI Handbook: Towards a Unified Framework for Explainable AI

May 14, 2021
Sebastian Palacio, Adriano Lucieri, Mohsin Munir, Jörn Hees, Sheraz Ahmed, Andreas Dengel

The field of explainable AI (XAI) has quickly become a thriving and prolific community. However, a silent, recurrent and acknowledged issue in this area is the lack of consensus regarding its terminology. In particular, each new contribution seems to rely on its own (and often intuitive) version of terms like "explanation" and "interpretation". Such disarray encumbers the consolidation of advances in the field towards the fulfillment of scientific and regulatory demands e.g., when comparing methods or establishing their compliance with respect to biases and fairness constraints. We propose a theoretical framework that not only provides concrete definitions for these terms, but it also outlines all steps necessary to produce explanations and interpretations. The framework also allows for existing contributions to be re-contextualized such that their scope can be measured, thus making them comparable to other methods. We show that this framework is compliant with desiderata on explanations, on interpretability and on evaluation metrics. We present a use-case showing how the framework can be used to compare LIME, SHAP and MDNet, establishing their advantages and shortcomings. Finally, we discuss relevant trends in XAI as well as recommendations for future work, all from the standpoint of our framework.


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High-Performance FPGA-based Accelerator for Bayesian Neural Networks

May 12, 2021
Hongxiang Fan, Martin Ferianc, Miguel Rodrigues, Hongyu Zhou, Xinyu Niu, Wayne Luk

Neural networks (NNs) have demonstrated their potential in a wide range of applications such as image recognition, decision making or recommendation systems. However, standard NNs are unable to capture their model uncertainty which is crucial for many safety-critical applications including healthcare and autonomous vehicles. In comparison, Bayesian neural networks (BNNs) are able to express uncertainty in their prediction via a mathematical grounding. Nevertheless, BNNs have not been as widely used in industrial practice, mainly because of their expensive computational cost and limited hardware performance. This work proposes a novel FPGA-based hardware architecture to accelerate BNNs inferred through Monte Carlo Dropout. Compared with other state-of-the-art BNN accelerators, the proposed accelerator can achieve up to 4 times higher energy efficiency and 9 times better compute efficiency. Considering partial Bayesian inference, an automatic framework is proposed, which explores the trade-off between hardware and algorithmic performance. Extensive experiments are conducted to demonstrate that our proposed framework can effectively find the optimal points in the design space.

* Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2021 

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Locate Who You Are: Matching Geo-location to Text for Anchor Link Prediction

Apr 19, 2021
Jiangli Shao, Yongqing Wang, Hao Gao, Huawei Shen, Xueqi Cheng

Nowadays, users are encouraged to activate across multiple online social networks simultaneously. Anchor link prediction, which aims to reveal the correspondence among different accounts of the same user across networks, has been regarded as a fundamental problem for user profiling, marketing, cybersecurity, and recommendation. Existing methods mainly address the prediction problem by utilizing profile, content, or structural features of users in symmetric ways. However, encouraged by online services, users would also post asymmetric information across networks, such as geo-locations and texts. It leads to an emerged challenge in aligning users with asymmetric information across networks. Instead of similarity evaluation applied in previous works, we formalize correlation between geo-locations and texts and propose a novel anchor link prediction framework for matching users across networks. Moreover, our model can alleviate the label scarcity problem by introducing external data. Experimental results on real-world datasets show that our approach outperforms existing methods and achieves state-of-the-art results.


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COMET: Convolutional Dimension Interaction for Deep Matrix Factorization

Aug 18, 2020
Zhuoyi Lin, Lei Feng, Xingzhi Guo, Rui Yin, Chee Keong Kwoh, Chi Xu

Latent factor models play a dominant role among recommendation techniques. However, most of the existing latent factor models assume embedding dimensions are independent of each other, and thus regrettably ignore the interaction information across different embedding dimensions. In this paper, we propose a novel latent factor model called COMET (COnvolutional diMEnsion inTeraction), which provides the first attempt to model higher-order interaction signals among all latent dimensions in an explicit manner. To be specific, COMET stacks the embeddings of historical interactions horizontally, which results in two "embedding maps" that encode the original dimension information. In this way, users' and items' internal interactions can be exploited by convolutional neural networks with kernels of different sizes and a fully-connected multi-layer perceptron. Furthermore, the representations of users and items are enriched by the learnt interaction vectors, which can further be used to produce the final prediction. Extensive experiments and ablation studies on various public implicit feedback datasets clearly demonstrate the effectiveness and the rationality of our proposed method.


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Accountable Off-Policy Evaluation With Kernel Bellman Statistics

Aug 15, 2020
Yihao Feng, Tongzheng Ren, Ziyang Tang, Qiang Liu

We consider off-policy evaluation (OPE), which evaluates the performance of a new policy from observed data collected from previous experiments, without requiring the execution of the new policy. This finds important applications in areas with high execution cost or safety concerns, such as medical diagnosis, recommendation systems and robotics. In practice, due to the limited information from off-policy data, it is highly desirable to construct rigorous confidence intervals, not just point estimation, for the policy performance. In this work, we propose a new variational framework which reduces the problem of calculating tight confidence bounds in OPE into an optimization problem on a feasible set that catches the true state-action value function with high probability. The feasible set is constructed by leveraging statistical properties of a recently proposed kernel Bellman loss (Feng et al., 2019). We design an efficient computational approach for calculating our bounds, and extend it to perform post-hoc diagnosis and correction for existing estimators. Empirical results show that our method yields tight confidence intervals in different settings.

* 22 pages, 4 figures, ICML 2020 

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Cognitive Representation Learning of Self-Media Online Article Quality

Aug 13, 2020
Yiru Wang, Shen Huang, Gongfu Li, Qiang Deng, Dongliang Liao, Pengda Si, Yujiu Yang, Jin Xu

The automatic quality assessment of self-media online articles is an urgent and new issue, which is of great value to the online recommendation and search. Different from traditional and well-formed articles, self-media online articles are mainly created by users, which have the appearance characteristics of different text levels and multi-modal hybrid editing, along with the potential characteristics of diverse content, different styles, large semantic spans and good interactive experience requirements. To solve these challenges, we establish a joint model CoQAN in combination with the layout organization, writing characteristics and text semantics, designing different representation learning subnetworks, especially for the feature learning process and interactive reading habits on mobile terminals. It is more consistent with the cognitive style of expressing an expert's evaluation of articles. We have also constructed a large scale real-world assessment dataset. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed framework significantly outperforms state-of-the-art methods, and effectively learns and integrates different factors of the online article quality assessment.

* Accepted at the Proceedings of the 28th ACM International Conference on Multimedia 

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