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- 1. Machine Learning & Support Vector Machines Lecture 9 Sean A. Golliher
- 2. Let a, b be two events. p(a | b)p(b) = p(a Ç b) = p(b | a)p(a) p(b | a)p(a) p(a | b) = p(b) p(a | b)p(b) = p(b | a)p(a)
- 3. Let D be a document in the collection.Let R represent relevance of a document w.r.t. given (fixed)query and let NR represent non-relevance.Need to find p(R|D) - probability that a retrieved document Dis relevant. p(D | R)p(R) p(R | D) = p(D) p(R),p(NR) - prior probability p(xD | NR)p(NR) of retrieving a (non) relevant p(NR | D) = p(xD) documentP(D|R), p(D|NR) - probability that if a relevant (non-relevdocument is retrieved, it is D.
- 4. Suppose we have a vector representing the presence and absence of terms (1,0,0,1,1). Terms 1, 4, & 5 are present. What is the probability of this document occurring in the relevant set? pi is the probability that the term i occurs in a relevant set. (1- pi ) would be the probability a term would not be included the relevant set. This gives us: p1 x (1-p2) x (1-p3) x p4 x p5
- 5. Popular and effective ranking algorithm based on binary independence model adds document and query term weights k1, k2 and K are parameters whose values are set empirically dl is doc length Typical TREC value for k1 is 1.2, k2 varies from 0 to 1000, b = 0.75
- 6. Query with two terms, “president lincoln”, (qf = 1). Frequency of term i in the query No relevance information (r and R are zero) N = 500,000 documents “president” occurs in 40,000 documents (n1 = 40, 000) “lincoln” occurs in 300 documents (n2 = 300) “president” occurs 15 times in doc (f1 = 15) “lincoln” occurs 25 times (f2 = 25) document length is 90% of the average length (dl/avdl = .9) k1 = 1.2, b = 0.75, and k2 = 100 K = 1.2 · (0.25 + 0.75 · 0.9) = 1.11
- 7. Unigram language model (simplest form) probability distribution over the words in a language generation of text consists of pulling words out of a “bucket” according to the probability distribution and replacing them N-gram language model some applications use bigram and trigram language models where probabilities depend on previous words Based on previous n-1 words
- 8. A topic in a document or query can be represented as a language model i.e., words that tend to occur often when discussing a topic will have high probabilities in the corresponding language model
- 9. Rank documents by the probability that the query could be generated by the document language model (i.e. same topic) P(Q|D) Assuming uniform, unigram model
- 10. Obvious estimate for unigram probabilities is fqi, D is number of times word occurs in document. D is number of words in document If query words are missing from document, score will be zero Missing 1 out of 4 query words same as missing 3 out of 4. Not good for long queries!
- 11. Document texts are a sample from the language model Missing words should not have zero probability of occurring (calculating probability query could be generated from document) Smoothing is a technique for estimating probabilities for missing (or unseen) words lower (or discount) the probability estimates for words that are seen in the document text assign that “left-over” probability to the estimates for the words that are not seen in the text
- 12. Informational Finding information about some topic which may be on one or more web pages Topical search Navigational finding a particular web page that the user has either seen before or is assumed to exist Transactional finding a site where a task such as shopping or downloading music can be performed Broder (2002) http://www.sigir.org/forum/F2002/broder.pdf
- 13. For effective navigational and transactional search, need to combine features that reflect user relevance Commercial web search engines combine evidence from hundreds of features to generate a ranking score for a web page page content, page metadata, anchor text, links (e.g., PageRank), and user behavior (click logs) page metadata – e.g., “age”, how often it is updated, the URL of the page, the domain name of its site, and the amount of text content
- 14. SEO: understanding the relative importance of features used in search and how they can be optimized to obtain better search rankings for a web page e.g., improve the text used in the title tag, improve the text in heading tags, make sure that the domain name and URL contain important keywords, and try to improve the anchor text and link structure Some of these techniques are regarded as not appropriate by search engine companies
- 15. Toolkit, written in Java, for experimenting with text. http://www.galagosearch.org/quick-start.html
- 16. Considerable interaction between these fields Arthur Samuel: 1959 – Checkers game. World’s first self-learning program. IBM701. Web query logs have generated new wave of research e.g., “Learning to Rank”
- 17. Supervised Learning Regression analysis Classification Problems Support Vector Machines (SVM) Unsupervised Learning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWWIn29ZV4Q Reinforcement Learning Learning Theory How much training data do we need? How accurately can we predict an event to 99% accuracy?
- 18. Papers: Boser et al,. 1992 Standard SVM [Cortes and Vapnik, 1995]

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