Research papers and code for "Sudipto Mukherjee":
Email has remained a principal form of communication among people, both in enterprise and social settings. With a deluge of emails crowding our mailboxes daily, there is a dire need of smart email systems that can recover important emails and make personalized recommendations. In this work, we study the problem of predicting user triage actions to incoming emails where we take the reply prediction as a working example. Different from existing methods, we formulate the triage action prediction as a recommendation problem and focus on the content-based approach, where the users are represented using the content of current and past emails. We also introduce additional similarity features to further explore the affinities between users and emails. Experiments on the publicly available Avocado email collection demonstrate the advantages of our proposed recommendation framework and our method is able to achieve better performance compared to the state-of-the-art deep recommendation methods. More importantly, we provide valuable insight into the effectiveness of different textual and user representations and show that traditional bag-of-words approaches, with the help from the similarity features, compete favorably with the more advanced neural embedding methods.

* User representations, Personalization, Email response prediction, Similarity features
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Conditional Mutual Information (CMI) is a measure of conditional dependence between random variables X and Y, given another random variable Z. It can be used to quantify conditional dependence among variables in many data-driven inference problems such as graphical models, causal learning, feature selection and time-series analysis. While k-nearest neighbor (kNN) based estimators as well as kernel-based methods have been widely used for CMI estimation, they suffer severely from the curse of dimensionality. In this paper, we leverage advances in classifiers and generative models to design methods for CMI estimation. Specifically, we introduce an estimator for KL-Divergence based on the likelihood ratio by training a classifier to distinguish the observed joint distribution from the product distribution. We then show how to construct several CMI estimators using this basic divergence estimator by drawing ideas from conditional generative models. We demonstrate that the estimates from our proposed approaches do not degrade in performance with increasing dimension and obtain significant improvement over the widely used KSG estimator. Finally, as an application of accurate CMI estimation, we use our best estimator for conditional independence testing and achieve superior performance than the state-of-the-art tester on both simulated and real data-sets.

* Mutual Information and Conditional Mutual Information estimation; Conditional Independence Testing; Classifier two-sample likelihood ratio
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Generative Adversarial networks (GANs) have obtained remarkable success in many unsupervised learning tasks and unarguably, clustering is an important unsupervised learning problem. While one can potentially exploit the latent-space back-projection in GANs to cluster, we demonstrate that the cluster structure is not retained in the GAN latent space. In this paper, we propose ClusterGAN as a new mechanism for clustering using GANs. By sampling latent variables from a mixture of one-hot encoded variables and continuous latent variables, coupled with an inverse network (which projects the data to the latent space) trained jointly with a clustering specific loss, we are able to achieve clustering in the latent space. Our results show a remarkable phenomenon that GANs can preserve latent space interpolation across categories, even though the discriminator is never exposed to such vectors. We compare our results with various clustering baselines and demonstrate superior performance on both synthetic and real datasets.

* GANs, Clustering, Latent Space, Interpolation
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