DeSCoVeR: debiased semantic context prior for venue recommendation

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We present a novel semantic context prior-based venue recommendation system that uses only the title and the abstract of a paper. Based on the intuition that the text in the title and abstract have both semantic and syntactic components, we demonstrate that a joint training of a semantic feature extractor and syntactic feature extractor collaboratively leverages meaningful information that helps to provide venues for papers. The proposed methodology that we call DeSCoVeR at first elicits these semantic and syntactic features using a Neural Topic Model and text classifier respectively. The model then executes a transfer learning optimization procedure to perform a contextual transfer between the feature distributions of the Neural Topic Model and the text classifier during the training phase. DeSCoVeR also mitigates the document-level label bias using a Causal back-door path criterion and a sentence-level keyword bias removal technique. Experiments on the DBLP dataset show that DeSCoVeR outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
EditorsLuke Gallagher, Qingyun Wu
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387323
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022
EventACM International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval 2022 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 Jul 202215 Jul 2022
Conference number: 45th (Proceedings)


ConferenceACM International Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval 2022
Abbreviated titleSIGIR 2022
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  • causal debiasing
  • document classification
  • joint learning
  • mutual transfer
  • topic modeling

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