Pranking with Ranking

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Koby Crammer, Yoram Singer


We discuss the problem of ranking instances. In our framework each instance is associated with a rank or a rating, which is an integer from 1 to k. Our goal is to find a rank-prediction rule that assigns each instance a rank which is as close as possible to the instance's true rank. We describe a simple and efficient online al(cid:173) gorithm, analyze its performance in the mistake bound model, and prove its correctness. We describe two sets of experiments, with synthetic data and with the EachMovie dataset for collaborative filtering. In the experiments we performed, our algorithm outper(cid:173) forms online algorithms for regression and classification applied to ranking.