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Neighborhood Information-based Probabilistic Algorithm for Network Disintegration

Mar 08, 2020
Qian Li, San-Yang Liu, Xin-She Yang

Many real-world applications can be modelled as complex networks, and such networks include the Internet, epidemic disease networks, transport networks, power grids, protein-folding structures and others. Network integrity and robustness are important to ensure that crucial networks are protected and undesired harmful networks can be dismantled. Network structure and integrity can be controlled by a set of key nodes, and to find the optimal combination of nodes in a network to ensure network structure and integrity can be an NP-complete problem. Despite extensive studies, existing methods have many limitations and there are still many unresolved problems. This paper presents a probabilistic approach based on neighborhood information and node importance, namely, neighborhood information-based probabilistic algorithm (NIPA). We also define a new centrality-based importance measure (IM), which combines the contribution ratios of the neighbor nodes of each target node and two-hop node information. Our proposed NIPA has been tested for different network benchmarks and compared with three other methods: optimal attack strategy (OAS), high betweenness first (HBF) and high degree first (HDF). Experiments suggest that the proposed NIPA is most effective among all four methods. In general, NIPA can identify the most crucial node combination with higher effectiveness, and the set of optimal key nodes found by our proposed NIPA is much smaller than that by heuristic centrality prediction. In addition, many previously neglected weakly connected nodes are identified, which become a crucial part of the newly identified optimal nodes. Thus, revised strategies for protection are recommended to ensure the safeguard of network integrity. Further key issues and future research topics are also discussed.

* Expert Systems with Applications, Volume 139, (2020), Article 112853 
* 25 pages, 13 figures, 2 tables 

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Influence of Initialization on the Performance of Metaheuristic Optimizers

Mar 08, 2020
Qian Li, San-Yang Liu, Xin-She Yang

All metaheuristic optimization algorithms require some initialization, and the initialization for such optimizers is usually carried out randomly. However, initialization can have some significant influence on the performance of such algorithms. This paper presents a systematic comparison of 22 different initialization methods on the convergence and accuracy of five optimizers: differential evolution (DE), particle swarm optimization (PSO), cuckoo search (CS), artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm and genetic algorithm (GA). We have used 19 different test functions with different properties and modalities to compare the possible effects of initialization, population sizes and the numbers of iterations. Rigorous statistical ranking tests indicate that 43.37\% of the functions using the DE algorithm show significant differences for different initialization methods, while 73.68\% of the functions using both PSO and CS algorithms are significantly affected by different initialization methods. The simulations show that DE is less sensitive to initialization, while both PSO and CS are more sensitive to initialization. In addition, under the condition of the same maximum number of function evaluations (FEs), the population size can also have a strong effect. Particle swarm optimization usually requires a larger population, while the cuckoo search needs only a small population size. Differential evolution depends more heavily on the number of iterations, a relatively small population with more iterations can lead to better results. Furthermore, ABC is more sensitive to initialization, while such initialization has little effect on GA. Some probability distributions such as the beta distribution, exponential distribution and Rayleigh distribution can usually lead to better performance. The implications of this study and further research topics are also discussed in detail.

* Applied Soft Computing, vol. 91, (2020), article 106193 
* 39 pages, 10 figures, 20 tables 

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Two Case Studies of Experience Prototyping Machine Learning Systems in the Wild

Oct 21, 2019
Qian Yang

Throughout the course of my Ph.D., I have been designing the user experience (UX) of various machine learning (ML) systems. In this workshop, I share two projects as case studies in which people engage with ML in much more complicated and nuanced ways than the technical HCML work might assume. The first case study describes how cardiology teams in three hospitals used a clinical decision-support system that helps them decide whether and when to implant an artificial heart to a heart failure patient. I demonstrate that physicians cannot draw on their decision-making experience by seeing only patient data on paper. They are also confused by some fundamental premises upon which ML operates. For example, physicians asked: Are ML predictions made based on clinicians' best efforts? Is it ethical to make decisions based on previous patients' collective outcomes? In the second case study, my collaborators and I designed an intelligent text editor, with the goal of improving authors' writing experience with NLP (Natural Language Processing) technologies. We prototyped a number of generative functionalities where the system provides phrase-or-sentence-level writing suggestions upon user request. When writing with the prototype, however, authors shared that they need to "see where the sentence is going two paragraphs later" in order to decide whether the suggestion aligns with their writing; Some even considered adopting machine suggestions as plagiarism, therefore "is simply wrong". By sharing these unexpected and intriguing responses from these real-world ML users, I hope to start a discussion about such previously-unknown complexities and nuances of -- as the workshop proposal states -- "putting ML at the service of people in a way that is accessible, useful, and trustworthy to all".

* This is an accepted position paper for the ACM CHI'19 Workshop <Emerging Perspectives in Human-Centered Machine Learning> 

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A Targeted Acceleration and Compression Framework for Low bit Neural Networks

Jul 09, 2019
Biao Qian, Yang Wang

1 bit deep neural networks (DNNs), of which both the activations and weights are binarized , are attracting more and more attention due to their high computational efficiency and low memory requirement . However, the drawback of large accuracy dropping also restrict s its application. In this paper, we propose a novel Targeted Acceleration and Compression (TAC) framework to improve the performance of 1 bit deep neural networks W e consider that the acceleration and compression effects of binarizing fully connected layer s are not sufficient to compensate for the accuracy loss caused by it In the proposed framework, t he convolutional and fully connected layer are separated and optimized i ndividually . F or the convolutional layer s , both the activations and weights are binarized. For the fully connected layer s, the binarization operation is re placed by network pruning and low bit quantization. The proposed framework is implemented on the CIFAR 10, CIFAR 100 and ImageNet ( ILSVRC 12 ) datasets , and experimental results show that the proposed TAC can significantly improve the accuracy of 1 bit deep neural networks and outperforms the state of the art by more than 6 percentage points .

* 10 pages 

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The Sampling-and-Learning Framework: A Statistical View of Evolutionary Algorithms

Apr 11, 2014
Yang Yu, Hong Qian

Evolutionary algorithms (EAs), a large class of general purpose optimization algorithms inspired from the natural phenomena, are widely used in various industrial optimizations and often show excellent performance. This paper presents an attempt towards revealing their general power from a statistical view of EAs. By summarizing a large range of EAs into the sampling-and-learning framework, we show that the framework directly admits a general analysis on the probable-absolute-approximate (PAA) query complexity. We particularly focus on the framework with the learning subroutine being restricted as a binary classification, which results in the sampling-and-classification (SAC) algorithms. With the help of the learning theory, we obtain a general upper bound on the PAA query complexity of SAC algorithms. We further compare SAC algorithms with the uniform search in different situations. Under the error-target independence condition, we show that SAC algorithms can achieve polynomial speedup to the uniform search, but not super-polynomial speedup. Under the one-side-error condition, we show that super-polynomial speedup can be achieved. This work only touches the surface of the framework. Its power under other conditions is still open.


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On the Robustness of Median Sampling in Noisy Evolutionary Optimization

Jul 28, 2019
Chao Bian, Chao Qian, Yang Yu

In real-world optimization tasks, the objective (i.e., fitness) function evaluation is often disturbed by noise due to a wide range of uncertainties. Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) have been widely applied to tackle noisy optimization, where reducing the negative effect of noise is a crucial issue. One popular strategy to cope with noise is sampling, which evaluates the fitness multiple times and uses the sample average to approximate the true fitness. In this paper, we introduce median sampling as a noise handling strategy into EAs, which uses the median of the multiple evaluations to approximate the true fitness instead of the mean. We theoretically show that median sampling can reduce the expected running time of EAs from exponential to polynomial by considering the (1+1)-EA on OneMax under the commonly used one-bit noise. We also compare mean sampling with median sampling by considering two specific noise models, suggesting that when the 2-quantile of the noisy fitness increases with the true fitness, median sampling can be a better choice. The results provide us with some guidance to employ median sampling efficiently in practice.

* 19 pages. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1810.05045, arXiv:1711.00956 

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Monocular Pedestrian Orientation Estimation Based on Deep 2D-3D Feedforward

Sep 24, 2019
Chenchen Zhao, Yeqiang Qian, Ming Yang

Accurate pedestrian orientation estimation of autonomous driving helps the ego vehicle obtain the intentions of pedestrians in the related environment, which are the base of safety measures such as collision avoidance and prewarning. However, because of relatively small sizes and high-level deformation of pedestrians, common pedestrian orientation estimation models fail to extract sufficient and comprehensive information from them, thus having their performance restricted, especially monocular ones which fail to obtain depth information of objects and related environment. In this paper, a novel monocular pedestrian orientation estimation model, called FFNet, is proposed. Apart from camera captures, the model adds the 2D and 3D dimensions of pedestrians as two other inputs according to the logic relationship between orientation and them. The 2D and 3D dimensions of pedestrians are determined from the camera captures and further utilized through two feedforward links connected to the orientation estimator. The feedforward links strengthen the logicality and interpretability of the network structure of the proposed model. Experiments show that the proposed model has at least 1.72% AOS increase than most state-of-the-art models after identical training processes. The model also has competitive results in orientation estimation evaluation on KITTI dataset.

* 13 pages, 10 figures 

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Unremarkable AI: Fitting Intelligent Decision Support into Critical, Clinical Decision-Making Processes

Apr 21, 2019
Qian Yang, Aaron Steinfeld, John Zimmerman

Clinical decision support tools (DST) promise improved healthcare outcomes by offering data-driven insights. While effective in lab settings, almost all DSTs have failed in practice. Empirical research diagnosed poor contextual fit as the cause. This paper describes the design and field evaluation of a radically new form of DST. It automatically generates slides for clinicians' decision meetings with subtly embedded machine prognostics. This design took inspiration from the notion of "Unremarkable Computing", that by augmenting the users' routines technology/AI can have significant importance for the users yet remain unobtrusive. Our field evaluation suggests clinicians are more likely to encounter and embrace such a DST. Drawing on their responses, we discuss the importance and intricacies of finding the right level of unremarkableness in DST design, and share lessons learned in prototyping critical AI systems as a situated experience.

* CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings 2019 (CHI'19) 

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Map-Enhanced Ego-Lane Detection in the Missing Feature Scenarios

Apr 02, 2020
Xiaoliang Wang, Yeqiang Qian, Chunxiang Wang, Ming Yang

As one of the most important tasks in autonomous driving systems, ego-lane detection has been extensively studied and has achieved impressive results in many scenarios. However, ego-lane detection in the missing feature scenarios is still an unsolved problem. To address this problem, previous methods have been devoted to proposing more complicated feature extraction algorithms, but they are very time-consuming and cannot deal with extreme scenarios. Different from others, this paper exploits prior knowledge contained in digital maps, which has a strong capability to enhance the performance of detection algorithms. Specifically, we employ the road shape extracted from OpenStreetMap as lane model, which is highly consistent with the real lane shape and irrelevant to lane features. In this way, only a few lane features are needed to eliminate the position error between the road shape and the real lane, and a search-based optimization algorithm is proposed. Experiments show that the proposed method can be applied to various scenarios and can run in real-time at a frequency of 20 Hz. At the same time, we evaluated the proposed method on the public KITTI Lane dataset where it achieves state-of-the-art performance. Moreover, our code will be open source after publication.

* Submitted to IEEE ACCESS 

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A Survey on Natural Language Processing for Fake News Detection

Nov 02, 2018
Ray Oshikawa, Jing Qian, William Yang Wang

Fake news detection is a critical yet challenging problem in Natural Language Processing (NLP). The rapid rise of social networking platforms has not only yielded a vast increase in information accessibility but has also accelerated the spread of fake news. Given the massive amount of Web content, automatic fake news detection is a practical NLP problem required by all online content providers. This paper presents a survey on fake news detection. Our survey introduces the challenges of automatic fake news detection. We systematically review the datasets and NLP solutions that have been developed for this task. We also discuss the limits of these datasets and problem formulations, our insights, and recommended solutions.

* 11 pages, no figure 

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A Lower Bound Analysis of Population-based Evolutionary Algorithms for Pseudo-Boolean Functions

Jun 10, 2016
Chao Qian, Yang Yu, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) are population-based general-purpose optimization algorithms, and have been successfully applied in various real-world optimization tasks. However, previous theoretical studies often employ EAs with only a parent or offspring population and focus on specific problems. Furthermore, they often only show upper bounds on the running time, while lower bounds are also necessary to get a complete understanding of an algorithm. In this paper, we analyze the running time of the ($\mu$+$\lambda$)-EA (a general population-based EA with mutation only) on the class of pseudo-Boolean functions with a unique global optimum. By applying the recently proposed switch analysis approach, we prove the lower bound $\Omega(n \ln n+ \mu + \lambda n\ln\ln n/ \ln n)$ for the first time. Particularly on the two widely-studied problems, OneMax and LeadingOnes, the derived lower bound discloses that the ($\mu$+$\lambda$)-EA will be strictly slower than the (1+1)-EA when the population size $\mu$ or $\lambda$ is above a moderate order. Our results imply that the increase of population size, while usually desired in practice, bears the risk of increasing the lower bound of the running time and thus should be carefully considered.


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Analyzing Evolutionary Optimization in Noisy Environments

Nov 20, 2013
Chao Qian, Yang Yu, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Many optimization tasks have to be handled in noisy environments, where we cannot obtain the exact evaluation of a solution but only a noisy one. For noisy optimization tasks, evolutionary algorithms (EAs), a kind of stochastic metaheuristic search algorithm, have been widely and successfully applied. Previous work mainly focuses on empirical studying and designing EAs for noisy optimization, while, the theoretical counterpart has been little investigated. In this paper, we investigate a largely ignored question, i.e., whether an optimization problem will always become harder for EAs in a noisy environment. We prove that the answer is negative, with respect to the measurement of the expected running time. The result implies that, for optimization tasks that have already been quite hard to solve, the noise may not have a negative effect, and the easier a task the more negatively affected by the noise. On a representative problem where the noise has a strong negative effect, we examine two commonly employed mechanisms in EAs dealing with noise, the re-evaluation and the threshold selection strategies. The analysis discloses that the two strategies, however, both are not effective, i.e., they do not make the EA more noise tolerant. We then find that a small modification of the threshold selection allows it to be proven as an effective strategy for dealing with the noise in the problem.


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Towards Analyzing Crossover Operators in Evolutionary Search via General Markov Chain Switching Theorem

Apr 26, 2012
Yang Yu, Chao Qian, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Evolutionary algorithms (EAs), simulating the evolution process of natural species, are used to solve optimization problems. Crossover (also called recombination), originated from simulating the chromosome exchange phenomena in zoogamy reproduction, is widely employed in EAs to generate offspring solutions, of which the effectiveness has been examined empirically in applications. However, due to the irregularity of crossover operators and the complicated interactions to mutation, crossover operators are hard to analyze and thus have few theoretical results. Therefore, analyzing crossover not only helps in understanding EAs, but also helps in developing novel techniques for analyzing sophisticated metaheuristic algorithms. In this paper, we derive the General Markov Chain Switching Theorem (GMCST) to facilitate theoretical studies of crossover-enabled EAs. The theorem allows us to analyze the running time of a sophisticated EA from an easy-to-analyze EA. Using this tool, we analyze EAs with several crossover operators on the LeadingOnes and OneMax problems, which are noticeably two well studied problems for mutation-only EAs but with few results for crossover-enabled EAs. We first derive the bounds of running time of the (2+2)-EA with crossover operators; then we study the running time gap between the mutation-only (2:2)-EA and the (2:2)-EA with crossover operators; finally, we develop strategies that apply crossover operators only when necessary, which improve from the mutation-only as well as the crossover-all-the-time (2:2)-EA. The theoretical results are verified by experiments.


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Superpixel Segmentation with Fully Convolutional Networks

Mar 29, 2020
Fengting Yang, Qian Sun, Hailin Jin, Zihan Zhou

In computer vision, superpixels have been widely used as an effective way to reduce the number of image primitives for subsequent processing. But only a few attempts have been made to incorporate them into deep neural networks. One main reason is that the standard convolution operation is defined on regular grids and becomes inefficient when applied to superpixels. Inspired by an initialization strategy commonly adopted by traditional superpixel algorithms, we present a novel method that employs a simple fully convolutional network to predict superpixels on a regular image grid. Experimental results on benchmark datasets show that our method achieves state-of-the-art superpixel segmentation performance while running at about 50fps. Based on the predicted superpixels, we further develop a downsampling/upsampling scheme for deep networks with the goal of generating high-resolution outputs for dense prediction tasks. Specifically, we modify a popular network architecture for stereo matching to simultaneously predict superpixels and disparities. We show that improved disparity estimation accuracy can be obtained on public datasets.

* 16 pages, 15 figures, to be published in CVPR'20 

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When Person Re-identification Meets Changing Clothes

Mar 16, 2020
Fangbin Wan, Yang Wu, Xuelin Qian, Yanwei Fu

Person re-identification (Reid) is now an active research topic for AI-based video surveillance applications such as specific person search, but the practical issue that the target person(s) may change clothes (clothes inconsistency problem) has been overlooked for long. For the first time, this paper systematically studies this problem. We first overcome the difficulty of lack of suitable dataset, by collecting a small yet representative real dataset for testing whilst building a large realistic synthetic dataset for training and deeper studies. Facilitated by our new datasets, we are able to conduct various interesting new experiments for studying the influence of clothes inconsistency. We find that changing clothes makes Reid a much harder problem in the sense of bringing difficulties to learning effective representations and also challenges the generalization ability of previous Reid models to identify persons with unseen (new) clothes. Representative existing Reid models are adopted to show informative results on such a challenging setting, and we also provide some preliminary efforts on improving the robustness of existing models on handling the clothes inconsistency issue in the data. We believe that this study can be inspiring and helpful for encouraging more researches in this direction. The dataset is available on the project website: https://wanfb.github.io/dataset.html

* 10 pages, 7 figures, 9 tables 

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Model-aided Deep Neural Network for Source Number Detection

Oct 03, 2019
Yuwen Yang, Feifei Gao, Cheng Qian, Guisheng Liao

Source number detection is a critical problem in array signal processing. Conventional model-driven methods e.g., Akaikes information criterion (AIC) and minimum description length (MDL), suffer from severe performance degradation when the number of snapshots is small or the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is low. In this paper, we exploit the model-aided based deep neural network (DNN) to estimate the source number. Specifically, we first propose the eigenvalue based regression network (ERNet) and classification network (ECNet) to estimate the number of non-coherent sources, where the eigenvalues of the received signal covariance matrix and the source number are used as the input and the supervise label of the networks, respectively. Then, we extend the ERNet and ECNet for estimating the number of coherent sources, where the forward-backward spatial smoothing (FBSS) scheme is adopted to improve the performance of ERNet and ECNet. Numerical results demonstrate the outstanding performance of ERNet and ECNet over the conventional AIC and MDL methods as well as their excellent generalization capability, which also shows their great potentials for practical applications.


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An Efficient and Margin-Approaching Zero-Confidence Adversarial Attack

Oct 01, 2019
Yang Zhang, Shiyu Chang, Mo Yu, Kaizhi Qian

There are two major paradigms of white-box adversarial attacks that attempt to impose input perturbations. The first paradigm, called the fix-perturbation attack, crafts adversarial samples within a given perturbation level. The second paradigm, called the zero-confidence attack, finds the smallest perturbation needed to cause mis-classification, also known as the margin of an input feature. While the former paradigm is well-resolved, the latter is not. Existing zero-confidence attacks either introduce significant ap-proximation errors, or are too time-consuming. We therefore propose MARGINATTACK, a zero-confidence attack framework that is able to compute the margin with improved accuracy and efficiency. Our experiments show that MARGINATTACK is able to compute a smaller margin than the state-of-the-art zero-confidence attacks, and matches the state-of-the-art fix-perturbation at-tacks. In addition, it runs significantly faster than the Carlini-Wagner attack, currently the most ac-curate zero-confidence attack algorithm.


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A deep learning approach to real-time parking occupancy prediction in spatio-termporal networks incorporating multiple spatio-temporal data sources

Jan 28, 2019
Shuguan Yang, Wei Ma, Xidong Pi, Sean Qian

A deep learning model is proposed for predicting block-level parking occupancy in real time. The model leverages Graph-Convolutional Neural Networks (GCNN) to extract the spatial relations of traffic flow in large-scale networks, and utilizes Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) with Long-Short Term Memory (LSTM) to capture the temporal features. In addition, the model is capable of taking multiple heterogeneously structured traffic data sources as input, such as parking meter transactions, traffic speed, and weather conditions. The model performance is evaluated through a case study in Pittsburgh downtown area. The proposed model outperforms other baseline methods including multi-layer LSTM and Lasso with an average testing MAPE of 12.0\% when predicting block-level parking occupancies 30 minutes in advance. The case study also shows that, in generally, the prediction model works better for business areas than for recreational locations. We found that incorporating traffic speed and weather information can significantly improve the prediction performance. Weather data is particularly useful for improving predicting accuracy in recreational areas.


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