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TinyEst - Tiny Estimator

Daniël de Kok <me@danieldk.eu>

Introduction

TinyEst (pronounced tiniest) is a maximum entropy model parameter optimizer for ranking tasks (e.g. parse ranking). It uses the liblbfgs library to minimize the negative log-likelihood of the model. The program emphasizes simplicity and clarity of data structures.

TinyEst has the following features:

  • LBFGS parameter estimation.
  • Smoothing using l1 and l2 regularizers.
  • Feature selection methods:
    • Grafting
    • Grafting-light

Compilation

Compilation of TinyEst requires a C99 compiler and the CMake build tool, and can be performed in two simple steps:

cmake .
make

Afterwards you will find the 'tinyest' library and 'estimate' utility.

Note: Unfortunately, Visual Studio does not support C99.

Input format

tinyest expect input in TADM format. A description on the TADM format can be found on the TADM page. tinyest does not support a header. Moreover, the frequency of an event can be a floating point number (e.g. to indicate the probability of an event rather than a frequency).

License

Copyright 2010-2013 Daniël de Kok

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

    http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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TinyEst includes the liblbfgs library, to which the following license notice applies:

Copyright (c) 1990, Jorge Nocedal
Copyright (c) 2007-2010 Naoaki Okazaki
All rights reserved.

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