Cost-sensitive learning with conditional Markov networks

TitleCost-sensitive learning with conditional Markov networks
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSen P, Getoor L
Conference NameProceedings of the 23rd international conference on Machine learning
Date Published2006///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-59593-383-2

There has been a recent, growing interest in classification and link prediction in structured domains. Methods such as CRFs (Lafferty et al., 2001) and RMNs (Taskar et al., 2002) support flexible mechanisms for modeling correlations due to the link structure. In addition, in many structured domains, there is an interesting structure in the risk or cost function associated with different misclassifications. There is a rich tradition of cost-sensitive learning applied to unstructured (IID) data. Here we propose a general framework which can capture correlations in the link structure and handle structured cost functions. We present a novel cost-sensitive structured classifier based on Maximum Entropy principles that directly determines the cost-sensitive classification. We contrast this with an approach which employs a standard 0/1 loss structured classifier followed by minimization of the expected cost of misclassification. We demonstrate the utility of our proposed classifier with experiments on both synthetic and real-world data.