Democratic Approximation of Lexicographic Preference Models

author: Thomas J. Walsh, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
published: Aug. 29, 2008,   recorded: July 2008,   views: 3197


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Previous algorithms for learning lexicographic preference models (LPMs) produce a "best guess" LPM that is consistent with the observations. Our approach is more democratic: we do not commit to a single LPM. Instead, we approximate the target using the votes of a collection of consistent LPMs. We present two variations of this method -- "variable voting" and "model voting" -- and empirically show that these democratic algorithms outperform the existing methods. We also introduce an intuitive yet powerful learning bias to prune some of the possible LPMs. We demonstrate how this learning bias can be used with variable and model voting and show that the learning bias improves the learning curve significantly, especially when the number of observations is small.

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