Encyclopedia of Machine Learning

2010 Edition
| Editors: Claude Sammut, Geoffrey I. Webb

Collective Classification

  • Prithviraj Sen
  • Galileo Namata
  • Mustafa Bilgic
  • Lise Getoor
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30164-8_140

Synonyms

Definition

Many real-world  classification problems can be best described as a set of objects interconnected via links to form a network structure. The links in the network denote relationships among the instances such that the class labels of the instances are often correlated. Thus, knowledge of the correct label for one instance improves our knowledge about the correct assignments to the other instances it connects to. The goal of collective classification is to jointly determine the correct label assignments of all the objects in the network.

Motivation and Background

Traditionally, a major focus of machine learning is to solve classification problems: given a corpus of documents, classify each according to its topic label; given a collection of e-mails, determine which are spam; given a sentence, determine the part-of-speech tag for each word; given a hand-written document, determine the characters, etc. However, much...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prithviraj Sen
  • Galileo Namata
  • Mustafa Bilgic
  • Lise Getoor

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