Structured Prediction via the Extragradient Method

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 18 (NIPS 2005)

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Ben Taskar, Simon Lacoste-Julien, Michael Jordan


We present a simple and scalable algorithm for large-margin estima- tion of structured models, including an important class of Markov net- works and combinatorial models. We formulate the estimation problem as a convex-concave saddle-point problem and apply the extragradient method, yielding an algorithm with linear convergence using simple gra- dient and projection calculations. The projection step can be solved us- ing combinatorial algorithms for min-cost quadratic flow. This makes the approach an efficient alternative to formulations based on reductions to a quadratic program (QP). We present experiments on two very different structured prediction tasks: 3D image segmentation and word alignment, illustrating the favorable scaling properties of our algorithm.