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Aggressive Sampling for Multi-class to Binary Reduction with Applications to Text Classification
Bikash Joshi · Massih R. Amini · Ioannis Partalas · Franck Iutzeler · Yury Maximov

Mon Dec 04 06:30 PM -- 10:30 PM (PST) @ Pacific Ballroom #27 #None

We address the problem of multi-class classification in the case where the number of classes is very large. We propose a double sampling strategy on top of a multi-class to binary reduction strategy, which transforms the original multi-class problem into a binary classification problem over pairs of examples. The aim of the sampling strategy is to overcome the curse of long-tailed class distributions exhibited in majority of large-scale multi-class classification problems and to reduce the number of pairs of examples in the expanded data. We show that this strategy does not alter the consistency of the empirical risk minimization principle defined over the double sample reduction. Experiments are carried out on DMOZ and Wikipedia collections with 10,000 to 100,000 classes where we show the efficiency of the proposed approach in terms of training and prediction time, memory consumption, and predictive performance with respect to state-of-the-art approaches.

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Bikash Joshi (University of Grenoble Alpes)
Massih R. Amini (University Grenoble Alps)
Ioannis Partalas (Expedia)
Franck Iutzeler (Univ. Grenoble Alpes)
Yury Maximov (Los Alamos National Laboratory and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)

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