Evidence-Specific Structures for Rich Tractable CRFs

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23 (NIPS 2010)

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Anton Chechetka, Carlos Guestrin


We present a simple and effective approach to learning tractable conditional random fields with structure that depends on the evidence. Our approach retains the advantages of tractable discriminative models, namely efficient exact inference and exact parameter learning. At the same time, our algorithm does not suffer a large expressive power penalty inherent to fixed tractable structures. On real-life relational datasets, our approach matches or exceeds state of the art accuracy of the dense models, and at the same time provides an order of magnitude speedup