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• Last Updated : 23 Mar, 2020

Discounted Cumulative Gain
Discounted Cumulative Gain (DCG) is the metric of measuring ranking quality. It is mostly used in information retrieval problems such as measuring the effectiveness of the search engine algorithm by ranking the articles it displays according to their relevance in terms of the search keyword.

Let’s consider that a search engine that outputs 5 documents named ( D1, D2, D3, D4, D5) are output in that order. We need to define the relevence scale (0-3) where:

• 0 : not relevent
• 1-2 : somewhat relevent
• 3 : completely relevent

Suppose these documents have relevance scores:

• D1 : 3
• D2 : 2
• D3 : 0
• D4 : 0
• D5 : 1

The Cumulative Gain is the sum of these relevance scores and can be calculated as:

The discounted cumulative gain can be calculated by the formula:

Therefore the discounted cumulative gain of above example is:

Now we need to arrange these articles in descending order by rankings and calculate DCG to get the Ideal Discounted Cumulative Gain (IDCG) ranking.

Now, we calculate our Normalized DCG using the following formula :

Code : Python program for Normalized Discounted Cumulative Gain

 # import required package from sklearn.metrics import ndcg_score, dcg_scoreimport numpy as np   # Releveance scores in Ideal ordertrue_relevance = np.asarray([[3, 2, 1, 0, 0]])   # Releveance scores in output orderrelevance_score = np.asarray([[3, 2, 0, 0, 1]])   # DCG scoredcg = dcg_score(true_relevance, relevance_score)print("DCG score : ", dcg)   # IDCG scoreidcg = dcg_score(true_relevance, true_relevance)print("IDCG score : ", idcg)   # Normalized DCG scorendcg = dcg / idcgprint("nDCG score : ", ndcg)   # or we can use the scikit-learn ndcg_score packageprint("nDCG score (from function) : ", ndcg_score(    true_relevance, relevance_score))

Output:

DCG score :  4.670624189796882
IDCG score :  4.761859507142915
nDCG score :  0.980840401274087
nDCG score (from function) :  0.980840401274087


Limitations of Normalized Discounted Cumulative Gain (NDCG):

• NDCG metrics does not penalize the bad documents outputs. For Example: [3] and [3, 0, 0] has same NDCG but in second out there are two irrelevent documents.
• Because no specific standard defined for the number of output documents. DCG does not seem to deal with missing any relevant document in the output. For example, two outputs [3, 3, 3] and [3, 3, 3, 3] of similar input are considered equally good. For output-1 the DCG3 is calculated but for output-2 the DCG4 is calculated.

References:

• DCG Wikipedia article
• Jarvelin, K., & Kekalainen, J. (2002). Cumulated gain-based evaluation of IR techniques. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 20(4), 422-446.

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