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Upper bounds and aggregation in bipartite ranking. (English) Zbl 1336.62068
Summary: One main focus of learning theory is to find optimal rates of convergence. In classification, it is possible to obtain optimal fast rates (faster than \(n^{-1/2}\)) in a minimax sense. Moreover, using an aggregation procedure, the algorithms are adaptive to the parameters of the class of distributions. Here, we investigate this issue in the bipartite ranking framework. We design a ranking rule by aggregating estimators of the regression function. We use exponential weights based on the empirical ranking risk. Under several assumptions on the class of distribution, we show that this procedure is adaptive to the margin parameter and smoothness parameter and achieves the same rates as in the classification framework. Moreover, we state a minimax lower bound that establishes the optimality of the aggregation procedure in a specific case.

62F07 Statistical ranking and selection procedures
62C20 Minimax procedures in statistical decision theory
62G08 Nonparametric regression and quantile regression
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