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2019-06-08 new paper

Aggregation on ordinal scales with the Sugeno integral for biomedical applications

Gleb Beliakov, Simon James and I got another paper accepted for publication in Information Sciences. This time we re-write a learning-to-aggregate problem based on the Sugeno integral in a difference-of-convex objective setting. The derived tool is particularly useful when working with ordinal data.

Abstract. The Sugeno integral is a function particularly suited to the aggregation of ordinal inputs. Defined with respect to a fuzzy measure, its ability to account for complementary and redundant relationships between variables brings much potential to the field of biomedicine, where it is common for measurements and patient information to be expressed qualitatively. However, practical applications require well-developed methods for identifying the Sugeno integral's parameters, and this task is not easily expressed using the standard optimisation approaches. Here we formulate the objective function as the difference of two convex functions, which enables the use of specialised numerical methods. Such techniques are compared with other global optimisation frameworks through a number of numerical experiments.

2019-05-14 new paper

New paper on information fusion

A taxonomy of monotonicity properties for the aggregation of multidimensional data – joint work with Raúl Pérez-Fernández and Bernard De Baets has been accepted for publication in Information Fusion.

Abstract. The property of monotonicity, which requires a function to preserve a given order, has been considered the standard in the aggregation of real numbers for decades. In this paper, we argue that, for the case of multidimensional data, an order-based definition of monotonicity is far too restrictive. We propose several meaningful alternatives to this property not involving the preservation of a given order by returning to its early origins stemming from the field of calculus. Numerous aggregation methods for multidimensional data commonly used by practitioners are studied within our new framework.

2019-03-25 new paper

An inherent difficulty in the aggregation of multidimensional data

Accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy SystemsAn inherent difficulty in the aggregation of multidimensional data by Raúl Pérez-Fernández, Bernard De Baets, and me. Abstract below.

Abstract. In the field of information fusion, the problem of data aggregation has been formalized as an order-preserving process that builds upon the property of monotonicity. However, fields such as computational statistics, data analysis and geometry, usually emphasize the role of equivariances to various geometrical transformations in aggregation processes. Admittedly, if we consider a unidimensional data fusion task, both requirements are often compatible with each other. Nevertheless, in this paper we show that, in the multidimensional setting, the only idempotent functions that are monotone and orthogonal equivariant are the over-simplistic weighted centroids. Even more, this result still holds after replacing monotonicity and orthogonal equivariance by the weaker property of orthomonotonicity. This implies that the aforementioned approaches to the aggregation of multidimensional data are irreconcilable, and that, if a weighted centroid is to be avoided, we must choose between monotonicity and a desirable behaviour with regard to orthogonal transformations.

2019-03-13 new paper

Should we introduce a dislike button for academic papers?

The abstract of our (by Agnieszka Geras, Grzegorz Siudem, and me) recent paper to be published in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology can be found below.

Abstract. On the grounds of the revealed, mutual resemblance between the behaviour of users of Stack Exchange and the dynamics of the citations accumulation process in the scientific community, we tackled an outwardly intractable problem of assessing the impact of introducing "negative" citations.
Although the most frequent reason to cite a paper is to highlight the connection between the two publications, researchers sometimes mention an earlier work to cast a negative light. While computing citation-based scores, for instance the h-index, information about the reason why a paper was mentioned is neglected. Therefore it can be questioned whether these indices describe scientific achievements accurately.
In this contribution we shed insight into the problem of "negative" citations, analysing data from Stack Exchange and, to draw more universal conclusions, we derive an approximation of citations scores. Here we show that the quantified influence of introducing negative citations is of lesser importance and that they could be used as an indicator of where attention of scientific community is allocated.

2019-03-12 software

R package stringi 1.4.3 released

This month's new release of the R package stringi brings significant improvements in the way substring extraction tasks are performed.

Change-log since v1.3.1:

* [NEW FEATURE] #30: New function `stri_sub_all()` - a version of
`stri_sub()` accepting list `from`/`to`/`length` arguments for extracting
multiple substrings from each string in a character vector.

* [NEW FEATURE] #30: New function `stri_sub_all<-()` (and its `%<%`-friendly
version, `stri_sub_replace_all()`) - for replacing multiple substrings
with corresponding replacement strings.

* [NEW FEATURE] In `stri_sub_replace()`, `value` parameter
has a new alias, `replacement`.

* [NEW FEATURE] New convenience functions based on `stri_remove_empty()`:
`stri_omit_empty_na()`, `stri_remove_empty_na()`, `stri_omit_empty()`,
and also `stri_remove_na()`, `stri_omit_na()`.

* [BUGFIX] #343: `stri_trans_char()` did not yield correct results
for overlapping pattern and replacement strings.

* [WARNFIX] #205: `configure.ac` is now included in the source bundle.
2019-03-08 software

R package agop 0.2-2 released

A long out-standing release of the R package agop is now available on CRAN. See below for more details.

Change-log:

0.2-2 /2019-03-05/

* [IMPORTANT CHANGE] All functions dealing with binary relations now are
named like `rel_*`. Moreover, `de_transitive()` has been renamed
`rel_reduction_hasse()`.

* [IMPORTANT CHANGE] The definition of `owa()`, `owmax()`, and `owmin()`
is now consistent with that of (Grabisch et al., 2009), i.e., uses
nondecreasing vectors, and not nonincreasing ones.

* [NEW FUNCTIONS] `rel_closure_reflexive()`, `rel_reduction_reflexive()`,
`rel_is_symmetric()`, `rel_closure_symmetric()`, `rel_is_irreflexive()`,
`rel_is_asymmetric()`, `rel_is_antisymmetric()`, `rel_is_cyclic()`, etc.,
modify given adjacency matrices representing binary relations over
finite sets.

* [NEW FUNCTIONS] some predefined fuzzy logic connectives have been added,
e.g. ,`tnorm_minimum()`, `tnorm_drastic()`, `tnorm_product()`,
`tnorm_lukasiewicz()`,  `tnorm_fodor()`, `tconorm_minimum()`,
`tconorm_drastic()`, `tconorm_product()`, `tconorm_lukasiewicz()`,
`tconorm_fodor()`, `fnegation_classic()`, `fnegation_minimal()`,
`fnegation_maximal()`, `fnegation_yager()`, `fimplication_minimal()`,
`fimplication_maximal()`, `fimplication_kleene()`,
`fimplication_lukasiewicz()`, `fimplication_reichenbach()`,
`fimplication_fodor()`, `fimplication_goguen()`, `fimplication_goedel()`,
`fimplication_rescher()`, `fimplication_weber()`, `fimplication_yager()`.

* [NEW FUNCTION] `check_comonotonicity()` determines if two vectors are
comonotonic.

* [NEW FUNCTIONS] `pord_spread()`, `pord_spreadsym()`, `pord_nd()` -
example preorders on sets of vectors.

* [NEW FEATURE] `plot_producer()` gained a new argument: `a`.

* [BUGFIX] `rel_closure_transitive()` - a resulting matrix
was not necessarily transitive.

* [BUGFIX] `prepare_arg_numeric_sorted` (internal, C++) did not sort
some vectors.

* [BUGFIX] All built-in aggregation functions now throw an error on empty vectors.

* [INFO] The package no longer depends on the `Matrix` package.
The `igraph` package is only suggested.

* [INFO] Most of the functions are now implemented in C++.
2019-03-01 new paper

Penalty-based data aggregation in real normed vector spaces

To be published in the Proceedings of the AGOP'19 conference: joint work with Lucian Coroianu entitled Penalty-based data aggregation in real normed vector spaces. Abstract below.

Abstract. The problem of penalty-based data aggregation in generic real normed vector spaces is studied. Some existence and uniqueness results are indicated. Moreover, various properties of the aggregation functions are considered.

2019-02-14 software

R package stringi 1.3.1 released

A new major release of the R package stringi (one of the most often downloaded extensions on CRAN) is available. Check out the change-log for more information.

Change-log:

* [BACKWARD INCOMPATIBILITY] #335: A fix to #314 (by design) prevented the use
of the system ICU if the library had been compiled with `U_CHARSET_IS_UTF8=1`.
However, this is the default setting in `libicu`>=61. From now on, in such
cases the system ICU is used more eagerly, but `stri_enc_set()` issues
a warning stating that the default (UTF-8) encoding cannot be changed.

* [NEW FEATURE] #232: All `stri_detect_*` functions now have the `max_count`
argument that allows for, e.g., stopping at first pattern occurrence.

* [NEW FEATURE] #338: `stri_sub_replace()` is now an alias for `stri_sub<-()`
which makes it much more easily pipable (@yutannihilation, @BastienFR).

* [NEW FEATURE] #334: Added missing `icudt61b.dat` to support big-endian
platforms (thanks to Dimitri John Ledkov @xnox).

* [BUGFIX] #296: Out-of-the box build used to fail on CentOS 6, upgraded
`./configure` to `--disable-cxx11` more eagerly at an early stage.

* [BUGFIX] #341: Fixed possible buffer overflows when calling `strncpy()`
from within ICU 61.

* [BUGFIX] #325: Made `./configure` more portable so that it works
under `/bin/dash` now.

* [BUGFIX] #319: Fixed overflow in `stri_rand_shuffle()`.

* [BUGFIX] #337: Empty search patters in search functions (e.g.,
`stri_split_regex()` and `stri_count_fixed()`) used to raise
too many warnings on empty search patters.