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Ranking with Abstention
Anqi Mao · Mehryar Mohri · Yutao Zhong
Event URL: https://openreview.net/forum?id=B8mQ1eOTOo »
We introduce a novel framework of *ranking with abstention*, where the learner can abstain from making prediction at some limited cost $c$. We present a extensive theoretical analysis of this framework including a series of *$H$-consistency bounds* for both the family of linear functions and that of neural networks with one hidden-layer. These theoretical guarantees are the state-of-the-art consistency guarantees in the literature, which are upper bounds on the target loss estimation error of a predictor in a hypothesis set $H$, expressed in terms of the surrogate loss estimation error of that predictor. We further argue that our proposed abstention methods are important when using common equicontinuous hypothesis sets in practice. We report the results of experiments illustrating the effectiveness of ranking with abstention.

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Anqi Mao (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU)
Mehryar Mohri (Google Research and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences)
Yutao Zhong (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU)

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