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MSNの"RankNet"(ランクネット)

MSN Search's WebLogにて記述が少し変更され、MSN Searchに関連する技術として"RankNet"(ランクネット)があることが明示されました。RankNetについてはChris Burges氏の論文"Learning to Rank using Gradient Descent"に記載がありましたが、RankNetに関連するMicrosoftの特許が2つありました。

1つは"System and method for identifying content and managing information corresponding to objects in a signal"。もう1つが"Method for scanning, analyzing and handling various kinds of digital information content"。

An "interactive signal analyzer" provides a framework for sampling one or more signals, such as, for example, one or more channels across the entire FM radio spectrum in one or more geographic regions, to identify objects of interest within the signal content and associate attributes with that content. The interactive signal analyzer uses a signal fingerprint extraction algorithm, i.e., a "fingerprint engine," for deriving traces from segments of one or more signals. These traces are referred to as "fingerprints" since they are used to uniquely identify the signal segments from which they are derived. These fingerprints are then used for comparison to a database of fingerprints of known objects of interest. Information describing the identified content and associated object attributes is then provided in an interactive user database for viewing and interacting with information resulting from the comparison of the fingerprints to the database. [Herley, Cormac; (Bellevue, WA) ; Burges, Chris; (Bellevue, WA) ; Renshaw, Erin; (Kirkland, WA), Abstract, "System and method for identifying content and managing information corresponding to objects in a signal"]

Computer-implemented methods are described for, first, characterizing a specific category of information content--pornography, for example--and then accurately identifying instances of that category of content within a real-time media stream, such as a web page, e-mail or other digital dataset. This content-recognition technology enables a new class of highly scalable applications to manage such content, including filtering, classifying, prioritizing, tracking, etc. An illustrative application of the invention is a software product for use in conjunction with web-browser client software for screening access to web pages that contain pornography or other potentially harmful or offensive content. A target attribute set of regular expression, such as natural language words and/or phrases, is formed by statistical analysis of a number of samples of datasets characterized as "containing," and another set of samples characterized as "not containing," the selected category of information content. This list of expressions is refined by applying correlation analysis to the samples or "training data." Neural-network feed-forward techniques are then applied, again using a substantial training dataset, for adaptively assigning relative weights to each of the expressions in the target attribute set, thereby forming an awaited list that is highly predictive of the information content category of interest. [Russell-Falla, Adrian Peter; (Portland, OR) ; Hanson, Andrew Bard; (Portland, OR), " Method for scanning, analyzing and handling various kinds of digital information content"]

cf.

Microsoft、MSN Searchの検索能力を大幅に強化

MSNの"Neural Network Technology" - ニューラルネットワークテクノロジ

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