Robust Ordinal Embedding from Contaminated Relative Comparisons

  • Ke Ma Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Qianqian Xu Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Xiaochun Cao Chinese Academy of Sciences


Existing ordinal embedding methods usually follow a twostage routine: outlier detection is first employed to pick out the inconsistent comparisons; then an embedding is learned from the clean data. However, learning in a multi-stage manner is well-known to suffer from sub-optimal solutions. In this paper, we propose a unified framework to jointly identify the contaminated comparisons and derive reliable embeddings. The merits of our method are three-fold: (1) By virtue of the proposed unified framework, the sub-optimality of traditional methods is largely alleviated; (2) The proposed method is aware of global inconsistency by minimizing a corresponding cost, while traditional methods only involve local inconsistency; (3) Instead of considering the nuclear norm heuristics, we adopt an exact solution for rank equality constraint. Our studies are supported by experiments with both simulated examples and real-world data. The proposed framework provides us a promising tool for robust ordinal embedding from the contaminated comparisons.

AAAI Technical Track: Reasoning under Uncertainty