Saturday, May 23, 2009

Learning to Tag

Learning to Tag is a Microsoft paper about suggesting tags associated to Flicker images. The authors use traditional textual co-occurences and visual features (such as colour histogram, and moment). These features are combined by using a RankBoost learning process.

The results are compared with a naive linear combination of ranking signals, and with simple tag co-occurences. It seems that Microsoft likes to combine different ranking signals with RankBoost, since I saw many papers describing variations of this idea and the performance they achieve seems quite good.

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