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<i>Targeting interest</i> to match a user with services (e.g. news, products, games, advertisements) and <i>predicting friendship</i> to build connections among users are two fundamental tasks for social network systems. In this paper, we show that the information contained in <i>interest networks</i> (i.e. user-service interactions) and <i>friendship(More)
Some commercial web search engines rely on sophisticated machine learning systems for ranking web documents. Due to very large collection sizes and tight constraints on query response times, online efficiency of these learning systems forms a bottleneck. An important problem in such systems is to speedup the ranking process without sacrificing much from the(More)
Realtime web search refers to the retrieval of very fresh content which is in high demand. An effective portal web search engine must support a variety of search needs, including realtime web search. However, supporting realtime web search introduces two challenges not encountered in non-realtime web search: quickly crawling relevant content and ranking(More)
We present a general boosting method extending functional gradient boosting to optimize complex loss functions that are encountered in many machine learning problems. Our approach is based on optimization of quadratic upper bounds of the loss functions which allows us to present a rigorous convergence analysis of the algorithm. More importantly, this(More)
Effective ranking functions are an essential part of commercial search engines. We focus on developing a regression framework for learning ranking functions for improving relevance of search engines serving diverse streams of user queries. We explore supervised learning methodology from machine learning, and we distinguish two types of relevance judgments(More)
While a user's preference is directly reflected in the interactive choice process between her and the recommender, this wealth of information was not fully exploited for learning recommender models. In particular, existing collaborative filtering (CF) approaches take into account only the binary events of user actions but totally disregard the contexts in(More)
A number of feature selection metrics have been explored in text categorization, among which information gain (IG), chi-square (CHI), correlation coefficient (CC) and odds ratios (OR) are considered most effective. CC and OR are one-sided metrics while IG and CHI are two-sided. Feature selection using one-sided metrics selects the features most indicative(More)
Stochastic Gradient Boosted Decision Trees (GBDT) is one of the most widely used learning algorithms in machine learning today. It is adaptable, easy to interpret, and produces highly accurate models. However, most implementations today are computationally expensive and require all training data to be in main memory. As training data becomes ever larger,(More)
Recurrent event queries (REQ) constitute a special class of search queries occurring at regular, predictable time intervals. The freshness of documents ranked for such queries is generally of critical importance. REQ forms a significant volume, as much as 6% of query traffic received by search engines. In this work, we develop an improved REQ classi-fier(More)
Machine-learned ranking functions have shown successes in Web search engines. With the increasing demands on developing effective ranking functions for different search domains, we have seen a big bottleneck, that is, the problem of insufficient labeled training data, which has significantly slowed the development and deployment of machine-learned ranking(More)