Engineering a Simplified 0-Bit Consistent Weighted Sampling

03/30/2018 ∙ by Edward Raff, et al. ∙ 0

The Min-Hashing approach to sketching has become an important tool in data analysis, search, and classification. To apply it to real-valued datasets, the ICWS algorithm has become a seminal approach that is widely used, and provides state-of-the-art performance for this problem space. However, ICWS suffers a computational burden as the sketch size K increases. We develop a new Simplified approach to the ICWS algorithm, that enables us to obtain over 20x speedups compared to the standard algorithm. The veracity of our approach is demonstrated empirically on multiple datasets, showing that our new Simplified CWS obtains the same quality of results while being an order of magnitude faster.

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