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Title: Rank aggregation via low-rank and structured-sparse decomposition
Authors: Pan, Y.
Lai, H.
Liu, C.
Tang, Y.
Yan, S. 
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Pan, Y.,Lai, H.,Liu, C.,Tang, Y.,Yan, S. (2013). Rank aggregation via low-rank and structured-sparse decomposition. Proceedings of the 27th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2013 : 760-766. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Rank aggregation, which combines multiple individual rank lists to obtain a better one, is a fundamental technique in various applications such as meta-search and recommendation systems. Most existing rank aggregation methods blindly combine multiple rank lists with possibly considerable noises, which often degrades their performances. In this paper, we propose a new model for robust rank aggregation (RRA) via matrix learning, which recovers a latent rank list from the possibly incomplete and noisy input rank lists. In our model, we construct a pairwise comparison matrix to encode the order information in each input rank list. Based on our observations, each comparison matrix can be naturally decomposed into a shared low-rank matrix, combined with a deviation error matrix which is the sum of a column-sparse matrix and a row-sparse one. The latent rank list can be easily extracted from the learned lowrank matrix. The optimization formulation of RRA has an element-wise multiplication operator to handle missing values, a symmetric constraint on the noise structure, and a factorization trick to restrict the maximum rank of the low-rank matrix. To solve this challenging optimization problem, we propose a novel procedure based on the Augmented Lagrangian Multiplier scheme. We conduct extensive experiments on metasearch and collaborative filtering benchmark datasets. The results show that the proposed RRA has superior performance gain over several state-of-the-art algorithms for rank aggregation. Copyright © 2013, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence ( All rights reserved.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 27th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2013
ISBN: 9781577356158
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