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Section: New Results

Interactive Data Exploration at Scale

In the work with Enhui Huang (PhD student at Ecole Polytechnique), we seek to minimize the number of samples presented to the user for reviewing in order to build an accurate model of the user interest. In particular, as the dimensionality of the data space increases, the number of samples needed to build an accurate user interest model increases fast. We examine a range of popular feature selection techniques for data exploration, and for the best-performing feature selection technique, Gradient boosting regression trees (GBRT), we propose optimizations to overcome the issue of unbalanced training data and to dynamically determine the number of relevant features to select. Experimental results show that our optimized GBRT improves F-measure from nearly 0 without feature selection, to high F-measure (>0.8), by adaptively choosing the number of relevant features.

This work is currently under submission to a database conference.