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Chapter 7 Similarity Based Retrieval. Stand 20.12.00. Recommended References (1). The retrieval algorithms are presented in this chapter in some detail. Further information can be found in the following original literature:

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## Chapter 7 Similarity Based Retrieval

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**Chapter 7Similarity Based Retrieval**Stand 20.12.00**Recommended References (1)**• The retrieval algorithms are presented in this chapter in some detail. Further information can be found in the following original literature: • M. Lenz: Case Retrieval Nets as a Model for Building Flexible Information Systems. Dissertation Humboldt Universität Berlin 1999. • J. Schaaf: Über die Suche nach situationsgerechten Fällen im fallbasierten Schließen. Dissertation Kaiserslautern 1998, Reihe DISKI 179, infix Verlag. • S.Wess: Fallbasiertes Problemlösen in wissensbasierten Systemen zur Entscheidungsunterstützung und Diagnostik. Dissertation Kaiserslautern 1995, Reihe DISKI 126, infix Verlag • Schumacher, J. & Bergmann, R. (2000). An effective approach for similarity-based retrieval on top of relational databases. 5th European Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning, Springer Verlag.**General Remarks**• We distinguish to kinds of retrieval: • retrieval algorithms: They operate mainly on a fixed data base • agent based retrieval: This is mainly for search processes in many, not necessarily fixed data bases. This search is often distributed. • In principle, both techniques can be applied in any situation which is, however, not recommended. • This chapter deals with retrieval algorithms. • Search (with agents) will be discussed in chapter 14 where we consider several suppliers.**Motivation**• In database retrieval the access to the desired data is done by presenting a certain key. • In information retrieval systems also a key word is presented. The problem with this is that one gets either no answer (silence) or very many answers (noise). • There are several situations in e-c where no exact queries can be raised, e.g.: • Which is the best available product with respect to customer demands ? • Which is the best profile covering a given customer ? • What is the most likely reason for the customer‘s complaint ?**Efficient Retrieval**• Efficiency and accuracy are the two important issues for retrieval. • The efficiency of the different retrieval methods depends very much on the following: • The representation of the objects • The base structure • The similarity measure • The accuracy of the intended answer • These characteristics depend on the other hand on the domain and the specific properties of the application.**The Task**• Central task of the retrieval: • given: • A base CB = {F1,...,Fn} ( a case base, a product base, ...) and • a similarity measure sim and • a Query: Q (new problem, demanded product etc.) • wanted either: 1. The most similar object Fi OR 2. the m most similar objects {F1,...,Fm} (ordered or unordered) OR 3. All objects {F1,...,Fm} which have to Q at least a similarity simmin • Problem: How to organize a case base for efficient retrieval?**Retrieval Methods**Retriction w.r.t.Similarity Appropriate for ... Typ Method small case bases simple similarity brute force sequential search no small number of attributes large case bases reflexivity, monotony no class similarity kd-tre (Wess et al., 1993) index based complex similarity small case bases reflexivity, nonotony triangle inequality Fish & Shrink (Schaaf, 1996) Retrieval Nets (Burkhard & Lenz, 1996) few numeric attributes large case bases monotony, no class similarity dyn. databasequeries monotony no class similarity linear aggregation functions simple similarity large case bases dynamic case bases SQL Approximation (Schumacher & Bergmann, 2000)**Sequential Retrieval**Data structures Types: SimObject = RECORD object: object; similarity: [0..1] END; SimOjectQueue = ARRAY[1..m] OF SimObject; Variables: scq: SimObjectQueue (* m most similar objects *) cb: ARRAY [1..n] OF object (* Object base *) scq[1..m].similarity := 0 FOR i:=1 to n DO IF sim(Q,cb[i]) > scq[m].similarity THEN insert cb[i] in scq RETURN scq Retrieval algorithm**Properties of Sequential Retrieval**• Complexity of sequential retrieval: O(n) • Disadvantages: • Problems if base very large • Retrieval effort is independent of the query • Retrieval effort is independent of m • Avantages: • Simple implementation • No additional index structures needed • Arbitrary similarity measures can be used**base**index structure retrieval generates similarity Index Oriented Retrieval • Preprocessing: Generates an index structure • Retrieval: Makes use of the index structure for efficient retrieval**Retrieval with kd-Trees(S. Wess)**• k-dimensional binary search tree (Bentley, 1975). • Idea: Decompose data (i.e. case base) iteratively in smaller parts • Use a tree structure • Retrieval: • Searching in the tree top-down with backtracking**Definition: kd-Tree**• Given: • k ordered domains T1,...,Tk of the attributes A1,...,Ak, • a base CB Í T1x...xTk. and • some parameter b (bucket size). A kd-tree T(CB) for the base CB is a binary tree recursively defined as: • if |CB| £ b: T(CB) is a leave node (called bucket) which is labelled with CB • if |CB| > b: T(CB) then T(CB) is a tree with the properties: • the root is labelled with an attribute Ai and a value viÎTi • the root has two kd-treesT£ (CB£) and T>(CB>) as successors • where CB£ := {(x1,...,xk) Î CB | xi£ vi} and CB> := {(x1,...,xk) Î CB | xi> vi}**Properties of a kd-Tree**• Ein kd-tree partitions a base: • the root represents the whole base • a leave node (bucket) represents a subset of the base which is not further partitioned • at all inner nodes the base is further partitioned s.t. base is divided according to the value of some attribute.**A**1 A2 <35 >35 F 50 G C A 2 A 2 40 <30 >30 <35 >35 30 E H B 20 C(20, 40) H(70, 35) F(50, 50) A 1 D E(35, 35) I(65, 10) G(60, 45) <15 >15 10 I A A(10, 10) D(30, 20) B(15, 30) 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 A1 Example for a kd-Tree CB={A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I}**Generating kd-Trees (1)**Algorithm: PROCEDURE CreateTree(CB) : kd-tree IF |CB| £b THEN RETURN leave node with base CB ELSE Ai := choose_attribute(CB); vi := choose_value(CB,Ai) RETURN Tree with root labelled with Ai and vi and which has the two subtrees CreateTree({(x1,...,xk) Î CB | xi£ vi}) and CreateTree({(x1,...,xk) Î CB | xi> vi})**25%**25% 25% 25% Ti q1 q2 q3 Selection of Attributes • Many techniques possible, e.g. the use of entropy • typical: Interquartil distance Number of occurrences Interquartil distance iqr = d(q1,q2) Selection of attribute with largest interquartil distance Iqr**largest gap**Selection of the Values • Two methods: • Median splitting: choose the median d2 as partition point • Maximum splitting:**Idea for an algorithm:**1. Search the tree top-down to a leave 2. compute similarity to objects found 3. Determine termination by BWB-test 4. Determine additional candidates using a BOB-test 5. If overlapping buckets exist then search in alternative branches (back to step 2) 6. Stop if no overlapping buckets Retrieval with kd-Trees BWB test Ball-within-Boands Most similar object in the bucket ? BOB test: Ball-overlap-Boands overlap Most similar object in the bucket ?**Retrieval with kd-Trees**Algorithm PROCEDURE retrieve(K: kd-tree) IF K is leave node THEN FOR each object F of K DO IF sim(Q,F) > scq[m]. THEN insert F in scq ELSE (* inner node *) If Ai is the attribute and vi the value that label K IF Q[Ai] £ vi THEN retrieve(K£) IF BOB-Test is satisfied THEN retrieve(K>) ELSE retrieve(K>) IF BOB-Test is satisfied THEN retrieve(K£) IF BWB-Test is satisfied THEN terminate retrieval with scq**BOB-Test:Ball-Overlap-Bounds**Are there more similar objects then the m-most similar object found in the neighbor subtree ? A2 n-dimensional hyper ball overlap ? A1 m-most similar object in scq boundaries of the actual node**A2**n-dimensional hyper balll ? m-most-similar object in scq A1 boundaries of the actual node BWB-Test:Ball-Within-Bounds Is there no object in the neighboring subtreethat is more similar than the m-most-object?**Restrictions to the Applicable Similarity Measures**• retrieval with a kd-tree guarantees the m-most similar object if the similarity measure satisfies the following restrictions: • Compatibility with the ordering and monotonicity • " y1,..., yn, x1,..., xn, xi’ if yi <i xi <i xi’ or yi>i xi>i xi’ then sim( (y1,...,yn) , (x1,...,xi,...,xn) ) ³ sim( (y1,...,yn) , (x1,...,xi’,...,xn) )**Properties of Retrieval with kd-Trees**• Disadvantages: • Higher effort to built up the index structure • Restrictions for kd-trees: • only ordered domains • problems with unknown values • Only monotonic similarity measures compatible with the ordering • Advantages: • Efficient retrieval • Effort depends on the number m of objects to find • Incremental extension possible if new objects arise • Storage of the objects in a data base possible • There are improvements of kd-trees (INRECA)**Case Retrieval Nets (Lenz & Burkhard)**• We formulate the techniques not only for cases but for more general situations. • Partitioning of object information in information units(e.g. attribute-value-pairs) • Each information unit is a node in the net • Each object is a node in the net • Information units which have a similarity > 0 are connected with strenght = similarity. • For the retrieval information units of the query are activated. • The activity is propagated through the net until object nodes are reached. • The activity at the object nodes reflects the similarity to the query.**Concepts (1)**• An information entity (IE) is an atomic knowledge unit, e.g. an attribute-value-pair; it represents the smallest knowledge unit for objects, queries or cases. • An object (e.g. a case) is a set of information entities.A retrieval Net (Basic Case Retrieval Net, BCRN) is a 5-tupel N=(E, C, s, r, P) with: • E is a finite set of information entities • C is a finite set of object nodes • s is a similarity measure: s: E x E -> IRs (e,e’) describes the local similarity between two IUs e, e’ • r is a relevance function: r: E x C -> IRr(e,c) describes the relevance (weight) of the IU for the object c • P is a set of propagation functions pn: IRE -> IR for each node n Î E È C.**Price 1099.-**r 1/3 case1 1/3 Beach close 1/3 0.5 Region: Mediterranean 0.5 1/3 s case2 1/3 Price: 1519.- 0.4 1/3 Beach distance medium 0.9 1/3 case3 Price: 1599.- 1/3 Region: Caribic 1/3 Example Objectnode • IEs**Concepts (2)**• An activation of a BCRN is a function a: E È C -> IR. • The activation a(e) of an IE e describes the relevance of this IE for the actual problem. The influence of an IE on the retrieval depends on that value and its relevances r(e,c) for the objects c. • The activation at time t is a function at: E È C -> IR defined by: • IEs: • objects:**Retrieval**• Presented: Query Q, consisting of some set of IEs • Retrieval: 1. Determination of the activation a0 by: 2. Similarity propagation: for all e Î E, which have a connection to some activated IU. 3. Relevance propagation: for all object nodes c Î C, which have a connection to some activated IU.**Example cont´ed**Objectnode • IEs Price 1099.- r 1/3 case1 1/3 Beach close 1/3 0.5 Region: Mediterranean 0.5 1/3 s case2 1/3 Price: 1519.- 0.4 1/3 Beach distance medium 0.9 1/3 case3 Price: 1599.- 1/3 1/3 Region: Caribic 1/3**Example cont´ed**Objectnode • IEs 1 Price 1099.- r 1/3 case1 1 1/3 1/3 Beach close 1/3 Price: 1550.- 0.5 Region: Mediterranean 0.5 1/3 1 s case2 1 1/3 1/3 Price: 1519.- 0.4 1/3 Beach distance medium 0.9 0.9 1/3 case3 Price: 1599.- 1/3 0.63 0.9 Region: Caribic 1/3**Properties of Retrieval Nets**• Disadvantages: • High costs to construct the net. • New query nodes may be necessary for numerical attributes. • Many propagation steps necessary if the degree of connectivity is high (i.e. many similar IEs) • Advantages: • Efficient retrieval • Effort depends on the number of activated IEs of the query • Incremental extension possible if new objects arise • There are improvements of this approach (e.g.. Lazy Spreading Activation)**Retrieval with “Fish and Shrink “Schaaf (1996)**• Object representation is partinioned in different aspects. • An aspect is a complex property Examples for aspects in medicine: EKG, X-ray image. • For each aspect there are individual similarity measures defined. • Assumption: similarity computation for aspects is expensive. • Total similarity is computed by weighted combinations (aggregation) of aspect similarites. • Weights are not static but given by the query. • Approach for retrieval: • look ahead computation of the aspect similarities between certain objects • Net construction • Test for similarity between the query and the test object • Conclusion for similarity of other objects possible without computation**Concepts (1)**• An object F consists of several aspectsai(F) • for each aspect there is an aspect distance functiondi(ai(Fx), ai(Fy)) Î [0..1] (short: di(Fx, Fy)). • a view is a weight vector W=(w1,...,wn) mit w1+...+wn=1Observe: The view is part of the query and presented by the user. • A view distance for two objects and a view is a function VD(Fx,Fy,W) = w1d1(Fx,Fy) +...+ wndn(Fx,Fy) • A case Fx is view neighbor of the object Fy w.r.t. a view distance VD, if VD(Fx,Fy,W) < c holds (e.g. c=1).**Assumptions for Fish & Shrink**• If an object F is not similar to query A it is an indication that other object s F’ which are similar to F are also not similar to query A. • More precise: Assumption of the triangle inequality is made: F 1. A T 2.**Algorithm (Idea)**• Given: • A base with precomputed aspect distances between certain objects (not necessarily between all objects) • query A and view W (weight vector) • Idea of the Algorithm • Determine for each object of the base a distance interval (initially [0..1]) • Choose a test object T and determine the view distance between A and T (expensive). • determine for most objects of the base the new smaller distance interval by using inequalities 1) and 2). • Iterate these steps until the intervals are small enough**T3**T1 T2 Example 0 distance interval of object F (not shown) to the query 1**Algorithm**• Given: base CB, query A, view W • Algorithm: FOR EACH F ÎCB DO F.mindis:= 0 F.maxdis := 1 END WHILE NOTOK OR Interrupted DO determine precision line PL Choose (fish) an object T with T.mindis = PL testdis, T.mindis, T.maxdis := VD(A,T,W) (*view distance*) FOR EACH F ÎCB AND F view neighbor of T AND F.mindis ¹ F.maxdis DO basedis := VD(T,F,W) F.mindis := max(testdis-basedis, F.mindis) (*Shrink*) F.maxdis := min(testdis+basedis, F.maxdis) END END**Predicate OK and Precision Line (1)**• By a suitable choices of OK and precision line PL different retrieval tasks can be satisfied: M|M|=k PL S PL N a) All objects better than a threshold S b) The best k objects unordered**M|M|=k**PL N c) The best k objects ordered, but no exact distances Predicate OK and Precision Line (2) M|M|=k PL N d) The best k objects ordered with exact distances**Predicate OK and Precision Line (3)**• Formal definition for OK and PL for variation a) (all cases better than a threshold)**Properties of Fish & Shrink**• Disadvantages : • aspect distances between objects have to be precomputed • the distance function has to satisfy the triangle inequality • Advantages: • Flexible distance computation to the query (views) • different retrieval tasks can be performed • Efficient because many distance computations can be saved • Can be used as anytime-algorithm • Suitable If very expensive similarity computations occur (e.g. for graph representations)**Retrieval by SQL Approximation: Application**Scenario(Schumacher & Bergmann, 2000) • Product database exists and is used for many services in the business processes • Very huge number of products • Product database changes continuously and rapidly • Product representation is very simple: usually a list of attribute values**Possible Approaches**• Retrieval inside the database • Solution depends on database system • Retrieval on top of the database • Bulk-loading all products: duplication of data, inefficient, consistency problems • Building an index: consistency problem remains • MAC/FAC Approach: Approximating similarity-based retrieval with SQL queries: no duplication of data, no consistency problem**Two Level Retrieval**• Idea: Two levels, one for reducing the search space and one for the retrieval itself Mac/Fac (Many are called; Few are chosen) • 1. Preselection of possible candidates MQÍ CB MQ = {F Î CB | SIM(Q,F) } • 2. Ordering of the (few) candidates according to sim Application of sequential retrieval • Problem: To define the predicate SIM**Examples for Preselection Predicates**• Partial equality: • SIM(Q,F) if Q and F coincide in at least one attribute value • Local similarity: SIM(Q,F) if Q and F are sufficiently similar with respect to each local measure • Partial local similarity: SIM(Q,F) if Q and F are sufficiently similar with respect to one local measure**Properties of Two Level Retrieval**• Advantages: • more efficient if only few objects are preselected • Disadvantages: • retrieval errors possible, i.e. • a-errors: Sufficiently similar objects may not be preselected ® retrieval may be incomplete • The definition of the predicate SIM is usually difficult**k most similar cases**1 query n SQL queries cases Approximating Similarity-Based Retrieval Query Results XML Similarity Measure DB queryconstruction Similarity-based Retrieval sort by similarity SQL modified by other applications Database**Assumptions**• Representation: Attribute-Value • Similarity: • Local similarity measures for attributes • Global similarity: weighted average • Efficiency Assumption: Cases are distributed equally across n-dimensional space**Q**Similarity-based Retrieval • The most similar cases lie within a hyper-rhombus centered on the query • Less similar cases are all outside the rhombus k most similar case Ck**SELECT a1, a2**FROM table WHERE (a1 >= min1 AND a1 <= max1) AND (a2 >= min2 AND a2 <= max2) Selected cases lie within a hyper-rectangle All cases within the rectangle have a minimum similarity More similar cases can lie outside the rectangle Ck Q SQL Query

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