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Scalable Learning and MAP Inference for Nonsymmetric Determinantal Point Processes

Mike Gartrell · Insu Han · Elvis Dohmatob · Jennifer Gillenwater · Victor-Emmanuel Brunel

Keywords: [ submodular optimization ] [ determinantal point processes ] [ representation learning ] [ unsupervised learning ]

Abstract: Determinantal point processes (DPPs) have attracted significant attention in machine learning for their ability to model subsets drawn from a large item collection. Recent work shows that nonsymmetric DPP (NDPP) kernels have significant advantages over symmetric kernels in terms of modeling power and predictive performance. However, for an item collection of size $M$, existing NDPP learning and inference algorithms require memory quadratic in $M$ and runtime cubic (for learning) or quadratic (for inference) in $M$, making them impractical for many typical subset selection tasks. In this work, we develop a learning algorithm with space and time requirements linear in $M$ by introducing a new NDPP kernel decomposition. We also derive a linear-complexity NDPP maximum a posteriori (MAP) inference algorithm that applies not only to our new kernel but also to that of prior work. Through evaluation on real-world datasets, we show that our algorithms scale significantly better, and can match the predictive performance of prior work.

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