The Graph Cut Kernel for Ranked Data


Many algorithms for ranked data become computationally intractable as the number of objects grows due to the complex geometric structure induced by rankings. An additional challenge is posed by partial rankings, i.e. rankings in which the preference is only known for a subset of all objects. For these reasons, state-of-the-art methods cannot scale to real-world applications, such as recommender systems. We address this challenge by exploiting the geometric structure of ranked data and additional available information about the objects to derive a kernel for ranking based on the graph cut function. The graph cut kernel combines the efficiency of submodular optimization with the theoretical properties of kernel-based methods. We demonstrate that our novel kernel drastically reduces the computational cost while maintaining the same accuracy as state-of-the-art methods.

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