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University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series > Exponential Family Embeddings

## Exponential Family EmbeddingsAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - David Blei (Columbia University)
- Monday 11 July 2016, 16:00-16:30
- Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact INI IT. SNAW01 - Graph limits and statistics Word embeddings are a powerful approach for capturing semantic similarity among terms in a vocabulary. In this talk, I will describe exponential family embeddings, a class of methods that extends the idea of word embeddings to other types of high-dimensional data. As examples, we studied neural data with real-valued observations, count data from a market basket analysis, and ratings data from a movie recommendation system. We then extended this idea to networks, giving a novel type of “latent space” model. The main idea behind an EF-EMB is to model each observation conditioned on a set of other observations. This set is called the context, and the way the context is defined is a modeling choice that depends on the problem. In language the context is the surrounding words; in neuroscience the context is close-by neurons; in market basket data the context is other items in the shopping cart; in networks the context is edges emanating from a node pair. Each type of embedding model defines the context, the exponential family of conditional distributions, and how the latent embedding vectors are shared across data. We infer the embeddings with a scalable algorithm based on stochastic gradient descent. We found exponential family embedding models to be more effective than other types of dimension reduction. They better reconstruct held-out data and find interesting qualitative structure. This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series. ## This talk is included in these lists:- All CMS events
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