March 24, 2023
ISBA - C115 (1st Floor)
SEMINAR by Nicolas Verzelen (INRAE, Université de Montpellier) on "Optimal Permutation Estimation in Crowd-Sourcing problems"
Motivated by crowd-sourcing applications where we want to rank experts according to their abilities, we consider a model where we have partial observations from a bivariate isotonic nXd matrix with an unknown permutation \pi^* acting on its rows. We consider the twin problems of recovering the permutation \pi^* and estimating the unknown matrix. We introduce a polynomial-time procedure achieving the minimax risk for these two problems, this for all possible values of n, d, and all possible sampling efforts. Along the way, we establish that, in some regimes, recovering the unknown permutation \pi^* is considerably simpler than estimating the matrix.
This is based on a joint work with Alexandra Carpentier (U. Potsdam) and Emmanuel Pilliat (U. Montpellier).