BAT Ad Generation Engine


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BAT Ad User Model

This is a work in progress. Comments welcome, of course.

The usermodel contain an implementation of Naive Bayes and Logistic Regression. The Naive Bayes fit uses multinomial distribution with a stopword list. The Logistic Regression uses a feature vector and weights to return a probability value.

The resulting data files are all log probabilities with 5 significant digits.


The locales/ directory contains a directory for each locale dataset. The default list (locales/default) uses the standard english language stopword list.

Each dataset consists of the floowing files:


The prior.js file looks like this:

    module.exports =
    { names:  [ 'class1', ... ]
    , priors: [ lp1,      ... ]

consisting of a vector of class labels denoted by "names" and a vector of prior (log) class probabilities denoted by "priors." The priors are "document frequencies" aka the probability of a class in the corpus of documents.

The entries in the names and priors arrays correspond to pairs, e.g.,

    module.exports =
    { names:  [   'red',   blue', 'green' ]
    , priors: ] -1.0988, -1.0981, -1.0987 ]


The logPwGc.js file looks like this:

    module.exports =
    { word1: [ lp1,      ... ]
    , word12

This is a set of vectors of multinomial log probabilities of porter-stemmed words given the class. The class is implied by the ordering defined in prior.js. For example, gien the priors.js example above ("red", "blue", and "green"), each array in logPwGc.js will have three values, with the first value corresponding to "red", the second value corresponding to "blue", and the third value corresponding to "green".

You probably want to run

    mkdir -p locales/xx_YY
    uglify --source .../prior.js --output locales/xx_YY/prior.js
    uglify --source .../logPwGc.js --output locales/xx_YY/logPwGc.js

to minify the prior.js and logPwGc.js files for faster loading.

For s better understanding of the text analysis approach, take a look at the quanteda package.

adsRelevance.js and notificationModel.js

This is a logistic regression model that contains feature names, the weights and the intercept term.

adsRelevance.js will be used for scoring relevance of Ads and notificationModel.js is a placeholder model for introducing a logistic regression model for deciding whether to show or not a notification.


The class space is flat; however a separation character (hyphen, "-") joins the supercategory and subcategory, e.g., the "sports-rugby" class refers to a supercategory of "sports" with a subcategory of "rugby".


The current interface is synchronous.




A locales directory contains one or more directories, for each locale. At a minimum, one directory, "default", must be present.

Each directory for a locale has two files:


These are minified files whose module.exports contains the objects described above. For development purposes, the files do not meed to be minified. Further, the corresponding JSON files may be present instead, i.e.,


To set a specific locale, use:

    let locale = setLocaleSync('locale', 'directory')

The first argument indicates the particular locale to use, e.g., "en-US". The second argument indicates the pathname to the locales directory, and is usually omitted.

Some examples:


Note that setLocaleSync returns the actual locale being used, e.g., if the locales directory contains "en" but not "en_US", then setLocaleSync('en_US') returns "en".

To determine what locales are available:

    const locales = getLocalesSync()

To retrieve all locale information:

    const localeInfo = getLocaleInfo()
    // localeInfo.locale = 'default'
    // localeInfo.locales = [ 'default', 'en' ]
    // localeInfo.path = '/...bat-usermodel/locales'

Data Files

The call to setLocaleSYnc is optional; however, it mut be made before either of these two calls is made:

    const prior = getPriorDataSync()
    const matrix = getMatrixDataSync()



Future Release

Future revisions may add asynchronous calls.

Log Probabilities

These are encoded as negative numbers. Future revisions may omit the minus-sign.

Categories and Subcategories

In release 0.2.x and earlier, each class corresponds to a category -- the class taxonomy is flat and fully defined by prior.js.

In the current release 0.3.x, the taxonomy remains flat; however, a hyphen ("-") is used to join the supercategory and a subcategory into a single class.

Future revisions may use a taxonomy.js file to key a category to its subcategories.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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