Exploiting Duality in Summarization with Deterministic Guarantees

author: Panagiotis Karras, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
published: Sept. 14, 2007,   recorded: September 2007,   views: 3179


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Summarization is an important task in data mining. A major challenge over the past years has been the efficient construction of fixed-space synopses that provide a deterministic quality guarantee, often expressed in terms of a maximum-error metric. Histograms and several hierarchical techniques have been proposed for this problem. However, their time and/or space complexities remain impractically high and depend not only on the data set size n, but also on the space budget B. These handicaps stem from a requirement to tabulate all allocations of synopsis space to different regions of the data. In this paper we develop an alternative methodology that dispels these deficiencies, thanks to a fruitful application of the solution to the dual problem: given a maximum allowed error, determine the minimum-space synopsis that achieves it. These complexity advantages offer both a spaceefficiency and a scalability that previous approaches lacked. We verify the benefits of our approach in practice by experimentation.

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