MASc seminar - Ahmed Elbagoury

Friday, April 22, 2016 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)


Ahmed Elbagoury


Exemplar-based Kernel Preserving Embedding


Fakhreddine Karray


With the rapid increase in the available data, it becomes computationally harder to extract useful information, specially in the case of high-dimensional data. Choosing a representative subset of the data can be useful to overcome this challenge as these representatives can be used by data analysts or presented to end users to give them a grasp of the data nature and structure. In this thesis, we first propose an Exemplar-based approach for topic detection, in which detected topics are represented using a few selected tweets. Using exemplar tweets instead of a set of key words allows for an easy interpretation of the meaning of the detected topics. The approach is then extended to detect topics that emerge in new epochs of data. Experimental evaluation on benchmark Twitter datasets shows that the proposed topic detection approach achieves the best term precision. It does this while maintaining good topic recall and running time compared to other approaches for topic detection. Moreover, the proposed emerging extension achieves higher topic recall with improved running time when compared to recent emerging topic detection approaches. To overcome the challenge of high-dimensional data, several techniques, like PCA and NMF, were proposed to embed high-dimensional data into low-dimensional latent space. However, data represented in latent space is difficult for data analysts to understand and grasp the information encoded in it. In addition, these techniques do not take the relations between the data points into account. This motivated the development of other techniques like MDS, LLE and ISOMAP which preserve the relations between the data instances, but they still use latent features. In this thesis, a new embedding technique is proposed to mitigate the previous problems by projecting the data to a space described by few points (i.e., the exemplars) which preserves the relations between the data points. The proposed method Exemplar-based Kernel Preserving (EBEK) embedding is shown theoretically to achieve the lowest reconstruction error of the kernel matrix. EBEK achieves a linear running time complexity in terms of the number of the samples. Using EBEK in approximate nearest neighbor task shows its ability to outperform related work by up to 60% in the recall while maintaining a good running time. In addition, our empirical evaluation on clustering shows that EBEK achieves higher NMI than LLE and NMF by differences up to 40% and 15% respectively. It also achieves a comparable cluster quality to ISOMAP with a difference up to 3% in NMI and F-measure with a speedup up to 15X. In addition, our interpretability experiments show that EBEK’s selected basis are more understandable than the latent basis in images datasets.