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Query Filtering with Low-Dimensional Local Embeddings

Chávez E, Connor R & Vadicamo L (2019) Query Filtering with Low-Dimensional Local Embeddings. In: SISAP 2019: Similarity Search and Applications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 11807. SISAP2019: International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications, Newark NJ, USA, 02.10.2019-04.10.2019. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 233-246.

The concept of local pivoting is to partition a metric space so that each element in the space is associated with precisely one of a fixed set of reference objects or pivots. The idea is that each object of the data set is associated with the reference object that is best suited to filter that particular object if it is not relevant to a query, maximising the probability of excluding it from a search. The notion does not in itself lead to a scalable search mechanism, but instead gives a good chance of exclusion based on a tiny memory footprint and a fast calculation. It is therefore most useful in contexts where main memory is at a premium, or in conjunction with another, scalable, mechanism. In this paper we apply similar reasoning to metric spaces which possess the four-point property, which notably include Euclidean, Cosine, Triangular, Jensen-Shannon, and Quadratic Form. In this case, each element of the space can be associated with two reference objects, and a four-point lower-bound property is used instead of the simple triangle inequality. The probability of exclusion is strictly greater than with simple local pivoting; the space required per object and the calculation are again tiny in relative terms. We show that the resulting mechanism can be very effective. A consequence of using the four-point property is that, for m reference points, there arèarè m 2 ´ pivot pairs to choose from, giving a very good chance of a good selection being available from a small number of distance calculations. Finding the best pair has a quadratic cost with the number of references ; however, we provide experimental evidence that good heuristics exist. Finally, we show how the resulting mechanism can be integrated with a more scalable technique to provide a very significant performance improvement, for a very small overhead in build-time and memory cost. Keywords: metric search · extreme pivoting · supermetric space · four-point property · pivot based index 2 Chávez et al.

metric search; extreme pivoting; supermetric space; four-point property; pivot based index

Author(s)Chávez, Edgar; Connor, Richard; Vadicamo, Lucia
Title of seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Number in series11807
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online23/09/2019
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISSN of series0302-9743
ConferenceSISAP2019: International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications
Conference locationNewark NJ, USA
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