Margin-Based Algorithms for Information Filtering

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15 (NIPS 2002)

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Nicolò Cesa-bianchi, Alex Conconi, Claudio Gentile


In this work, we study an information filtering model where the relevance labels associated to a sequence of feature vectors are realizations of an unknown probabilistic linear function. Building on the analysis of a re- stricted version of our model, we derive a general filtering rule based on the margin of a ridge regression estimator. While our rule may observe the label of a vector only by classfying the vector as relevant, experiments on a real-world document filtering problem show that the performance of our rule is close to that of the on-line classifier which is allowed to observe all labels. These empirical results are complemented by a theo- retical analysis where we consider a randomized variant of our rule and prove that its expected number of mistakes is never much larger than that of the optimal filtering rule which knows the hidden linear model.