Dec. 18, 2006 to Dec. 22, 2006
Mikhail Bilenko , One Microsoft Way, USA
Beena Kamath , Google Inc., USA
Raymond J. Mooney , University of Texas at Austin, USA
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ICDM.2006.13
Many data mining tasks require computing similarity between pairs of objects. Pairwise similarity computations are particularly important in record linkage systems, as well as in clustering and schema mapping algorithms. Because the number of object pairs grows quadratically with the size of the dataset, computing similarity between all pairs is impractical and becomes prohibitive for large datasets and complex similarity functions. Blocking methods alleviate this problem by efficiently selecting approximately similar object pairs for subsequent distance computations, leaving out the remaining pairs as dissimilar. Previously proposed blocking methods require manually constructing an index-based similarity function or selecting a set of predicates, followed by hand-tuning of parameters. In this paper, we introduce an adaptive framework for automatically learning blocking functions that are efficient and accurate. We describe two predicate-based formulations of learnable blocking functions and provide learning algorithms for training them. The effectiveness of the proposed techniques is demonstrated on real and simulated datasets, on which they prove to be more accurate than non-adaptive blocking methods.
Mikhail Bilenko, Beena Kamath, Raymond J. Mooney, "Adaptive Blocking: Learning to Scale Up Record Linkage", ICDM, 2006, Sixth International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'06), Sixth International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'06) 2006, pp. 87-96, doi:10.1109/ICDM.2006.13