Data-driven rank breaking for efficient rank aggregation

Ashish Khetan, Sewoong Oh

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Rank aggregation systems collect ordinal preferences from individuals to produce a global ranking that represents the social preference. To reduce the computational complexity of learning the global ranking, a common practice is to use rank-breaking. Individuals' preferences are broken into pairwise comparisons and then applied to efficient algorithms tailored for independent pairwise comparisons. However, due to the ignored dependencies, naive rank-breaking approaches can result in inconsistent estimates. The key idea to produce unbiased and accurate estimates is to treat the paired comparisons outcomes unequally, depending on the topology of the collected data. In this paper, we provide the optimal rank-breaking estimator, which not only achieves consistency but also achieves the best error bound. This allows us to characterize the fundamental tradeoff between accuracy and complexity in some canonical scenarios. Further, we identify how the accuracy depends on the spectral gap of a corresponding comparison graph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2016
EditorsMaria Florina Balcan, Kilian Q. Weinberger
PublisherInternational Machine Learning Society (IMLS)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510829008
StatePublished - 2016
Event33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2016 - New York City, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2016Jun 24 2016

Publication series

Name33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2016


Other33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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