Fri Dec 08 08:00 AM -- 06:30 PM (PST) @ Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom A+B+C
Extreme Classification: Multi-class & Multi-label Learning in Extremely Large Label Spaces
Extreme classification is a rapidly growing research area focussing on multi-class and multi-label problems involving an extremely large number of labels. Many applications have been found in diverse areas ranging from language modelling to document tagging in NLP, face recognition to learning universal feature representations in computer vision, gene function prediction in bioinformatics, etc. Extreme classification has also opened up a new paradigm for ranking and recommendation by reformulating them as multi- label learning tasks where each item to be ranked or recommended is treated as a separate label. Such reformulations have led to significant gains over traditional collaborative filtering and content based recommendation techniques. Consequently, extreme classifiers have been deployed in many real-world applications in industry.
Extreme classification raises a number of interesting research questions including those related to:
* Large scale learning and distributed and parallel training
* Log-time and log-space prediction and prediction on a test-time budget
* Label embedding and tree based approaches
* Crowd sourcing, preference elicitation and other data gathering techniques
* Bandits, semi-supervised learning and other approaches for dealing with training set biases and label noise
* Bandits with an extremely large number of arms
* Fine-grained classification
* Zero shot learning and extensible output spaces
* Tackling label polysemy, synonymy and correlations
* Structured output prediction and multi-task learning
* Learning from highly imbalanced data
* Dealing with tail labels and learning from very few data points per label
* PU learning and learning from missing and incorrect labels
* Feature extraction, feature sharing, lazy feature evaluation, etc.
* Performance evaluation
* Statistical analysis and generalization bounds
* Applications to new domains
The workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in these areas to encourage discussion and improve upon the state-of-the-art in extreme classification. In particular, we aim to bring together researchers from the natural language processing, computer vision and core machine learning communities to foster interaction and collaboration. Several leading researchers will present invited talks detailing the latest advances in the area. We also seek extended abstracts presenting work in progress which will be reviewed for acceptance as a spotlight + poster or a talk. The workshop should be of interest to researchers in core supervised learning as well as application domains such as recommender systems, computer vision, computational advertising, information retrieval and natural language processing. We expect a healthy participation from both industry and academia.