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Ranking on Data Manifolds

Zhou, D., Weston, J., Gretton, A., Bousquet, O., Schölkopf, B.

In Advances in neural information processing systems 16, pages: 169-176, (Editors: S Thrun and L Saul and B Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 17th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
The Google search engine has enjoyed a huge success with its web page ranking algorithm, which exploits global, rather than local, hyperlink structure of the web using random walks. Here we propose a simple universal ranking algorithm for data lying in the Euclidean space, such as text or image data. The core idea of our method is to rank the data with respect to the intrinsic manifold structure collectively revealed by a great amount of data. Encouraging experimental results from synthetic, image, and text data illustrate the validity of our method.

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Gaussian Processes in Reinforcement Learning

Rasmussen, C., Kuss, M.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 751-759, (Editors: Thrun, S., L. K. Saul, B. Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, Seventeenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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We exploit some useful properties of Gaussian process (GP) regression models for reinforcement learning in continuous state spaces and discrete time. We demonstrate how the GP model allows evaluation of the value function in closed form. The resulting policy iteration algorithm is demonstrated on a simple problem with a two dimensional state space. Further, we speculate that the intrinsic ability of GP models to characterise distributions of functions would allow the method to capture entire distributions over future values instead of merely their expectation, which has traditionally been the focus of much of reinforcement learning.

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Learning with Local and Global Consistency

Zhou, D., Bousquet, O., Lal, T., Weston, J., Schölkopf, B.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 321-328, (Editors: S Thrun and LK Saul and B Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 17th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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We consider the general problem of learning from labeled and unlabeled data, which is often called semi-supervised learning or transductive inference. A principled approach to semi-supervised learning is to design a classifying function which is sufficiently smooth with respect to the intrinsic structure collectively revealed by known labeled and unlabeled points. We present a simple algorithm to obtain such a smooth solution. Our method yields encouraging experimental results on a number of classification problems and demonstrates effective use of unlabeled data.

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Learning to Find Pre-Images

Bakir, G., Weston, J., Schölkopf, B.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 449-456, (Editors: S Thrun and LK Saul and B Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 17th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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We consider the problem of reconstructing patterns from a feature map. Learning algorithms using kernels to operate in a reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS) express their solutions in terms of input points mapped into the RKHS. We introduce a technique based on kernel principal component analysis and regression to reconstruct corresponding patterns in the input space (aka pre-images) and review its performance in several applications requiring the construction of pre-images. The introduced technique avoids difficult and/or unstable numerical optimization, is easy to implement and, unlike previous methods, permits the computation of pre-images in discrete input spaces.

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Measure Based Regularization

Bousquet, O., Chapelle, O., Hein, M.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 1221-1228, (Editors: Thrun, S., L. Saul, B. Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, Seventeenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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We address in this paper the question of how the knowledge of the marginal distribution $P(x)$ can be incorporated in a learning algorithm. We suggest three theoretical methods for taking into account this distribution for regularization and provide links to existing graph-based semi-supervised learning algorithms. We also propose practical implementations.

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Insights from Machine Learning Applied to Human Visual Classification

Graf, A., Wichmann, F.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 905-912, (Editors: Thrun, S., L. Saul, B. Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, Seventeenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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We attempt to understand visual classification in humans using both psychophysical and machine learning techniques. Frontal views of human faces were used for a gender classification task. Human subjects classified the faces and their gender judgment, reaction time and confidence rating were recorded. Several hyperplane learning algorithms were used on the same classification task using the Principal Components of the texture and flowfield representation of the faces. The classification performance of the learning algorithms was estimated using the face database with the true gender of the faces as labels, and also with the gender estimated by the subjects. We then correlated the human responses to the distance of the stimuli to the separating hyperplane of the learning algorithms. Our results suggest that human classification can be modeled by some hyperplane algorithms in the feature space we used. For classification, the brain needs more processing for stimuli close to that hyperplane than for those further away.

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Image Construction by Linear Programming

Tsuda, K., Rätsch, G.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 57-64, (Editors: Thrun, S., L.K. Saul, B. Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, Seventeenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

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A common way of image denoising is to project a noisy image to the subspace of admissible images made for instance by PCA. However, a major drawback of this method is that all pixels are updated by the projection, even when only a few pixels are corrupted by noise or occlusion. We propose a new method to identify the noisy pixels by 1-norm penalization and update the identified pixels only. The identification and updating of noisy pixels are formulated as one linear program which can be solved efficiently. Especially, one can apply the ν-trick to directly specify the fraction of pixels to be reconstructed. Moreover, we extend the linear program to be able to exploit prior knowledge that occlusions often appear in contiguous blocks (e.g. sunglasses on faces). The basic idea is to penalize boundary points and interior points of the occluded area differently. We are able to show the ν-property also for this extended LP leading a method which is easy to use. Experimental results impressively demonstrate the power of our approach.

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Semi-Supervised Protein Classification using Cluster Kernels

Weston, J., Leslie, C., Zhou, D., Elisseeff, A., Noble, W.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16, pages: 595-602, (Editors: Thrun, S., L.K. Saul, B. Schölkopf), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, Seventeenth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), June 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
A key issue in supervised protein classification is the representation of input sequences of amino acids. Recent work using string kernels for protein data has achieved state-of-the-art classification performance. However, such representations are based only on labeled data --- examples with known 3D structures, organized into structural classes --- while in practice, unlabeled data is far more plentiful. In this work, we develop simple and scalable cluster kernel techniques for incorporating unlabeled data into the representation of protein sequences. We show that our methods greatly improve the classification performance of string kernels and outperform standard approaches for using unlabeled data, such as adding close homologs of the positive examples to the training data. We achieve equal or superior performance to previously presented cluster kernel methods while achieving far greater computational efficiency.

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Kernel Hebbian Algorithm for single-frame super-resolution

Kim, K., Franz, M., Schölkopf, B.

In Computer Vision - ECCV 2004, LNCS vol. 3024, pages: 135-149, (Editors: A Leonardis and H Bischof), Springer, Berlin, Germany, 8th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), May 2004 (inproceedings)

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This paper presents a method for single-frame image super-resolution using an unsupervised learning technique. The required prior knowledge about the high-resolution images is obtained from Kernel Principal Component Analysis (KPCA). The original form of KPCA, however, can be only applied to strongly restricted image classes due to the limited number of training examples that can be processed. We therefore propose a new iterative method for performing KPCA, the {em Kernel Hebbian Algorithm}. By kernelizing the Generalized Hebbian Algorithm, one can iteratively estimate the Kernel Principal Components with only linear order memory complexity. The resulting super-resolution algorithm shows a comparable performance to the existing supervised methods on images containing faces and natural scenes.

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Pattern Selection for SVM based "Futures Trading System"

Sun, J., Cho, S., Shin, H.

In Proc. of the Korean Data Mining Conference, pages: 175-183, Korean Data Mining Society Conference, April 2004 (inproceedings)

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Minimum Sum-Squared Residue based clustering of Gene Expression Data

Cho, H., Guan, Y., Dhillon, I., Sra, S.

In SIAM Data Mining, pages: 00-00, SDM, April 2004 (inproceedings)

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Preservation of Neighborhood Relation under Input to Feature Space Mapping in SVM Training

Shin, H., Cho, S.

In Proc. of the 33rd International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (C&IE 2004), pages: 1-10, the 33rd International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (C&IE), April 2004, in CD (inproceedings)

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Learning from Labeled and Unlabeled Data: Semi-supervised Learning and Ranking

Zhou, D.

January 2004 (talk)

Abstract
We consider the general problem of learning from labeled and unlabeled data, which is often called semi-supervised learning or transductive inference. A principled approach to semi-supervised learning is to design a classifying function which is sufficiently smooth with respect to the intrinsic structure collectively revealed by known labeled and unlabeled points. We present a simple algorithm to obtain such a smooth solution. Our method yields encouraging experimental results on a number of classification problems and demonstrates effective use of unlabeled data.

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Introduction to Category Theory

Bousquet, O.

Internal Seminar, January 2004 (talk)

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A brief introduction to the general idea behind category theory with some basic definitions and examples. A perspective on higher dimensional categories is given.

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Unifying Colloborative and Content-Based Filtering.

Basilico, J., Hofmann, T.

In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, pages: 65 , (Editors: Greiner, R. , D. Schuurmans), ACM Press, New York, USA, ICLM, 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
Collaborative and content-based filtering are two paradigms that have been applied in the context of recommender systems and user preference prediction. This paper proposes a novel, unified approach that systematically integrates all available training information such as past user-item ratings as well as attributes of items or users to learn a prediction function. The key ingredient of our method is the design of a suitable kernel or similarity function between user-item pairs that allows simultaneous generalization across the user and item dimensions. We propose an on-line algorithm (JRank) that generalizes perceptron learning. Experimental results on the EachMovie data set show significant improvements over standard approaches.

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Clustering Protein Sequence and Structure Space with Infinite Gaussian Mixture Models

Dubey, A., Hwang, S., Rangel, C., Rasmussen, CE., Ghahramani, Z., Wild, DL.

In Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2004; Vol. 9, pages: 399-410, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
We describe a novel approach to the problem of automatically clustering protein sequences and discovering protein families, subfamilies etc., based on the thoery of infinite Gaussian mixture models. This method allows the data itself to dictate how many mixture components are required to model it, and provides a measure of the probability that two proteins belong to the same cluster. We illustrate our methods with application to three data sets: globin sequences, globin sequences with known tree-dimensional structures and G-pretein coupled receptor sequences. The consistency of the clusters indicate that that our methods is producing biologically meaningful results, which provide a very good indication of the underlying families and subfamilies. With the inclusion of secondary structure and residue solvent accessibility information, we obtain a classification of sequences of known structure which reflects and extends their SCOP classifications. A supplementary web site containing larger versions of the figures is available at http://public.kgi.edu/~wild/PSB04

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Efficient Approximations for Support Vector Machines in Object Detection

Kienzle, W., BakIr, G., Franz, M., Schölkopf, B.

In DAGM 2004, pages: 54-61, (Editors: CE Rasmussen and HH Bülthoff and B Schölkopf and MA Giese), Springer, Berlin, Germany, Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of the 26th DAGM Symposium, 2004 (inproceedings)

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We present a new approximation scheme for support vector decision functions in object detection. In the present approach we are building on an existing algorithm where the set of support vectors is replaced by a smaller so-called reduced set of synthetic points. Instead of finding the reduced set via unconstrained optimization, we impose a structural constraint on the synthetic vectors such that the resulting approximation can be evaluated via separable filters. Applications that require scanning an entire image can benefit from this representation: when using separable filters, the average computational complexity for evaluating a reduced set vector on a test patch of size (h x w) drops from O(hw) to O(h+w). We show experimental results on handwritten digits and face detection.

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Kernel Methods for Manifold Estimation

Schölkopf, B.

In Proceedings in Computational Statistics, pages: 441-452, (Editors: J Antoch), Physica-Verlag/Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, COMPSTAT, 2004 (inproceedings)

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A Regularization Framework for Learningfrom Graph Data

Zhou, D., Schölkopf, B.

In ICML Workshop on Statistical Relational Learning and Its Connections to Other Fields, pages: 132-137, ICML, 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
The data in many real-world problems can be thought of as a graph, such as the web, co-author networks, and biological networks. We propose a general regularization framework on graphs, which is applicable to the classification, ranking, and link prediction problems. We also show that the method can be explained as lazy random walks. We evaluate the method on a number of experiments.

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A kernel view of the dimensionality reduction of manifolds

Ham, J., Lee, D., Mika, S., Schölkopf, B.

In Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Conference on Machine Learning, pages: 369-376, (Editors: CE Brodley), ACM, New York, NY, USA, ICML, 2004, also appeared as MPI-TR 110 (inproceedings)

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We interpret several well-known algorithms for dimensionality reduction of manifolds as kernel methods. Isomap, graph Laplacian eigenmap, and locally linear embedding (LLE) all utilize local neighborhood information to construct a global embedding of the manifold. We show how all three algorithms can be described as kernel PCA on specially constructed Gram matrices, and illustrate the similarities and differences between the algorithms with representative examples.

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Protein Functional Class Prediction with a Combined Graph

Shin, H., Tsuda, K., Schölkopf, B.

In Proceedings of the Korean Data Mining Conference, pages: 200-219, Proceedings of the Korean Data Mining Conference, 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
In bioinformatics, there exist multiple descriptions of graphs for the same set of genes or proteins. For instance, in yeast systems, graph edges can represent different relationships such as protein-protein interactions, genetic interactions, or co-participation in a protein complex, etc. Relying on similarities between nodes, each graph can be used independently for prediction of protein function. However, since different graphs contain partly independent and partly complementary information about the problem at hand, one can enhance the total information extracted by combining all graphs. In this paper, we propose a method for integrating multiple graphs within a framework of semi-supervised learning. The method alternates between minimizing the objective function with respect to network output and with respect to combining weights. We apply the method to the task of protein functional class prediction in yeast. The proposed method performs significantly better than the same algorithm trained on any single graph.

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Learning from Labeled and Unlabeled Data Using Random Walks

Zhou, D., Schölkopf, B.

In Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of the 26th DAGM Symposium, pages: 237-244, (Editors: Rasmussen, C.E., H.H. Bülthoff, M.A. Giese and B. Schölkopf), Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of the 26th DAGM Symposium, 2004 (inproceedings)

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We consider the general problem of learning from labeled and unlabeled data. Given a set of points, some of them are labeled, and the remaining points are unlabeled. The goal is to predict the labels of the unlabeled points. Any supervised learning algorithm can be applied to this problem, for instance, Support Vector Machines (SVMs). The problem of our interest is if we can implement a classifier which uses the unlabeled data information in some way and has higher accuracy than the classifiers which use the labeled data only. Recently we proposed a simple algorithm, which can substantially benefit from large amounts of unlabeled data and demonstrates clear superiority to supervised learning methods. In this paper we further investigate the algorithm using random walks and spectral graph theory, which shed light on the key steps in this algorithm.

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Multivariate Regression via Stiefel Manifold Constraints

BakIr, G., Gretton, A., Franz, M., Schölkopf, B.

In Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3175, pages: 262-269, (Editors: CE Rasmussen and HH Bülthoff and B Schölkopf and MA Giese), Springer, Berlin, Germany, Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of the 26th DAGM Symposium, 2004 (inproceedings)

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We introduce a learning technique for regression between high-dimensional spaces. Standard methods typically reduce this task to many one-dimensional problems, with each output dimension considered independently. By contrast, in our approach the feature construction and the regression estimation are performed jointly, directly minimizing a loss function that we specify, subject to a rank constraint. A major advantage of this approach is that the loss is no longer chosen according to the algorithmic requirements, but can be tailored to the characteristics of the task at hand; the features will then be optimal with respect to this objective, and dependence between the outputs can be exploited.

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Implicit estimation of Wiener series

Franz, M., Schölkopf, B.

In Machine Learning for Signal Processing XIV, Proc. 2004 IEEE Signal Processing Society Workshop, pages: 735-744, (Editors: A Barros and J Principe and J Larsen and T Adali and S Douglas), IEEE, New York, Machine Learning for Signal Processing XIV, Proc. IEEE Signal Processing Society Workshop, 2004 (inproceedings)

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The Wiener series is one of the standard methods to systematically characterize the nonlinearity of a system. The classical estimation method of the expansion coefficients via cross-correlation suffers from severe problems that prevent its application to high-dimensional and strongly nonlinear systems. We propose an implicit estimation method based on regression in a reproducing kernel Hilbert space that alleviates these problems. Experiments show performance advantages in terms of convergence, interpretability, and system sizes that can be handled.

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Hilbertian Metrics on Probability Measures and their Application in SVM’s

Hein, H., Lal, T., Bousquet, O.

In Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of th 26th DAGM Symposium, 3175, pages: 270-277, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (Editors: Rasmussen, C. E., H. H. Bülthoff, M. Giese and B. Schölkopf), Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of th 26th DAGM Symposium, 2004 (inproceedings)

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The goal of this article is to investigate the field of Hilbertian metrics on probability measures. Since they are very versatile and can therefore be applied in various problems they are of great interest in kernel methods. Quit recently Tops{o}e and Fuglede introduced a family of Hilbertian metrics on probability measures. We give basic properties of the Hilbertian metrics of this family and other used metrics in the literature. Then we propose an extension of the considered metrics which incorporates structural information of the probability space into the Hilbertian metric. Finally we compare all proposed metrics in an image and text classification problem using histogram data.

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Gasussian process model based predictive control

Kocijan, J., Murray-Smith, R., Rasmussen, CE., Girard, A.

In Proceedings of the ACC 2004, pages: 2214-2219, Proceedings of the ACC, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Gaussian process models provide a probabilistic non-parametric modelling approach for black-box identi cation of non-linear dynamic systems. The Gaussian processes can highlight areas of the input space where prediction quality is poor, due to the lack of data or its complexity, by indicating the higher variance around the predicted mean. Gaussian process models contain noticeably less coef cients to be optimised. This paper illustrates possible application of Gaussian process models within model-based predictive control. The extra information provided within Gaussian process model is used in predictive control, where optimisation of control signal takes the variance information into account. The predictive control principle is demonstrated on control of pH process benchmark.

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A New Variational Framework for Rigid-Body Alignment

Kato, T., Tsuda, K., Tomii, K., Asai, K.

In Joint IAPR International Workshops on Syntactical and Structural Pattern Recognition (SSPR 2004) and Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR 2004), pages: 171-179, (Editors: Fred, A.,T. Caelli, R.P.W. Duin, A. Campilho and D. de Ridder), Joint IAPR International Workshops on Syntactical and Structural Pattern Recognition (SSPR) and Statistical Pattern Recognition (SPR), 2004 (inproceedings)

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Practical Method for Blind Inversion of Wiener Systems

Zhang, K., Chan, L.

In Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2004), pages: 2163-2168, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), 2004, Volume 3 (inproceedings)

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Semi-supervised kernel regression using whitened function classes

Franz, M., Kwon, Y., Rasmussen, C., Schölkopf, B.

In Pattern Recognition, Proceedings of the 26th DAGM Symposium, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3175, LNCS 3175, pages: 18-26, (Editors: CE Rasmussen and HH Bülthoff and MA Giese and B Schölkopf), Springer, Berlin, Gerrmany, 26th DAGM Symposium, 2004 (inproceedings)

Abstract
The use of non-orthonormal basis functions in ridge regression leads to an often undesired non-isotropic prior in function space. In this study, we investigate an alternative regularization technique that results in an implicit whitening of the basis functions by penalizing directions in function space with a large prior variance. The regularization term is computed from unlabelled input data that characterizes the input distribution. Tests on two datasets using polynomial basis functions showed an improved average performance compared to standard ridge regression.

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Maximal Margin Classification for Metric Spaces

Hein, M., Bousquet, O.

In Learning Theory and Kernel Machines, pages: 72-86, (Editors: Schölkopf, B. and Warmuth, M. K.), Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, 16. Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory / COLT Kernel, 2004 (inproceedings)

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In this article we construct a maximal margin classification algorithm for arbitrary metric spaces. At first we show that the Support Vector Machine (SVM) is a maximal margin algorithm for the class of metric spaces where the negative squared distance is conditionally positive definite (CPD). This means that the metric space can be isometrically embedded into a Hilbert space, where one performs linear maximal margin separation. We will show that the solution only depends on the metric, but not on the kernel. Following the framework we develop for the SVM, we construct an algorithm for maximal margin classification in arbitrary metric spaces. The main difference compared with SVM is that we no longer embed isometrically into a Hilbert space, but a Banach space. We further give an estimate of the capacity of the function class involved in this algorithm via Rademacher averages. We recover an algorithm of Graepel et al. [6].

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On the Convergence of Spectral Clustering on Random Samples: The Normalized Case

von Luxburg, U., Bousquet, O., Belkin, M.

In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Learning Theory, pages: 457-471, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Learning Theory, 2004 (inproceedings)

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Advanced Statistical Learning Theory

Bousquet, O.

Machine Learning Summer School, 2004 (talk)

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Learning Movement Primitives

Schaal, S., Peters, J., Nakanishi, J., Ijspeert, A.

In 11th International Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR2003), pages: 561-572, (Editors: Dario, P. and Chatila, R.), Springer, ISRR, 2004, clmc (inproceedings)

Abstract
This paper discusses a comprehensive framework for modular motor control based on a recently developed theory of dynamic movement primitives (DMP). DMPs are a formulation of movement primitives with autonomous nonlinear differential equations, whose time evolution creates smooth kinematic control policies. Model-based control theory is used to convert the outputs of these policies into motor commands. By means of coupling terms, on-line modifications can be incorporated into the time evolution of the differential equations, thus providing a rather flexible and reactive framework for motor planning and execution. The linear parameterization of DMPs lends itself naturally to supervised learning from demonstration. Moreover, the temporal, scale, and translation invariance of the differential equations with respect to these parameters provides a useful means for movement recognition. A novel reinforcement learning technique based on natural stochastic policy gradients allows a general approach of improving DMPs by trial and error learning with respect to almost arbitrary optimization criteria. We demonstrate the different ingredients of the DMP approach in various examples, involving skill learning from demonstration on the humanoid robot DB, and learning biped walking from demonstration in simulation, including self-improvement of the movement patterns towards energy efficiency through resonance tuning.

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