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Large scale multiple kernel learning
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2006
"... While classical kernelbased learning algorithms are based on a single kernel, in practice it is often desirable to use multiple kernels. Lanckriet et al. (2004) considered conic combinations of kernel matrices for classification, leading to a convex quadratically constrained quadratic program. We s ..."
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While classical kernelbased learning algorithms are based on a single kernel, in practice it is often desirable to use multiple kernels. Lanckriet et al. (2004) considered conic combinations of kernel matrices for classification, leading to a convex quadratically constrained quadratic program. We show that it can be rewritten as a semiinfinite linear program that can be efficiently solved by recycling the standard SVM implementations. Moreover, we generalize the formulation and our method to a larger class of problems, including regression and oneclass classification. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm works for hundred thousands of examples or hundreds of kernels to be combined, and helps for automatic model selection, improving the interpretability of the learning result. In a second part we discuss general speed up mechanism for SVMs, especially when used with sparse feature maps as appear for string kernels, allowing us to train a string kernel SVM on a 10 million realworld splice data set from computational biology. We integrated multiple kernel learning in our machine learning toolbox SHOGUN for which the source code is publicly available at
Multiple Kernels for Object Detection
"... Our objective is to obtain a stateofthe art object category detector by employing a stateoftheart image classifier to search for the object in all possible image subwindows. We use multiple kernel learning of Varma and Ray (ICCV 2007) to learn an optimal combination of exponential χ 2 kernels, ..."
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Our objective is to obtain a stateofthe art object category detector by employing a stateoftheart image classifier to search for the object in all possible image subwindows. We use multiple kernel learning of Varma and Ray (ICCV 2007) to learn an optimal combination of exponential χ 2 kernels, each of which captures a different feature channel. Our features include the distribution of edges, dense and sparse visual words, and feature descriptors at different levels of spatial organization. Such a powerful classifier cannot be tested on all image subwindows in a reasonable amount of time. Thus we propose a novel threestage classifier, which combines linear, quasilinear, and nonlinear kernel SVMs. We show that increasing the nonlinearity of the kernels increases their discriminative power, at the cost of an increased computational complexity. Our contributions include (i) showing that a linear classifier can be evaluated with a complexity proportional to the number of subwindows (independent of the subwindow area and descriptor dimension); (ii) a comparison of three efficient methods of proposing candidate regions (including the jumping window classifier of Chum and Zisserman (CVPR 2007) based on proposing windows from scale invariant features); and (iii) introducing overlaprecall curves as a mean to compare and optimize the performance of the intermediate pipeline stages. The method is evaluated on the PASCAL Visual Object Detection Challenge, and exceeds the performances of previously published methods for most of the classes.
Consistency of the group lasso and multiple kernel learning
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2007
"... We consider the leastsquare regression problem with regularization by a block 1norm, i.e., a sum of Euclidean norms over spaces of dimensions larger than one. This problem, referred to as the group Lasso, extends the usual regularization by the 1norm where all spaces have dimension one, where it ..."
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We consider the leastsquare regression problem with regularization by a block 1norm, i.e., a sum of Euclidean norms over spaces of dimensions larger than one. This problem, referred to as the group Lasso, extends the usual regularization by the 1norm where all spaces have dimension one, where it is commonly referred to as the Lasso. In this paper, we study the asymptotic model consistency of the group Lasso. We derive necessary and sufficient conditions for the consistency of group Lasso under practical assumptions, such as model misspecification. When the linear predictors and Euclidean norms are replaced by functions and reproducing kernel Hilbert norms, the problem is usually referred to as multiple kernel learning and is commonly used for learning from heterogeneous data sources and for non linear variable selection. Using tools from functional analysis, and in particular covariance operators, we extend the consistency results to this infinite dimensional case and also propose an adaptive scheme to obtain a consistent model estimate, even when the necessary condition required for the non adaptive scheme is not satisfied.
On feature combination for multiclass object classification
 IN ICCV
"... A key ingredient in the design of visual object classification systems is the identification of relevant class specific aspects while being robust to intraclass variations. While this is a necessity in order to generalize beyond a given set of training images, it is also a very difficult problem du ..."
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A key ingredient in the design of visual object classification systems is the identification of relevant class specific aspects while being robust to intraclass variations. While this is a necessity in order to generalize beyond a given set of training images, it is also a very difficult problem due to the high variability of visual appearance within each class. In the last years substantial performance gains on challenging benchmark datasets have been reported in the literature. This progress can be attributed to two developments: the design of highly discriminative and robust image features and the combination of multiple complementary features based on different aspects such as shape, color or texture. In this paper we study several models that aim at learning the correct weighting of different features from training data. These include multiple kernel learning as well as simple baseline methods. Furthermore we derive ensemble methods inspired by Boosting which are easily extendable to several multiclass setting. All methods are thoroughly evaluated on object classification datasets using a multitude of feature descriptors. The key results are that even very simple baseline methods, that are orders of magnitude faster than learning techniques are highly competitive with multiple kernel learning. Furthermore the Boosting type methods are found to produce consistently better results in all experiments. We provide insight of when combination methods can be expected to work and how the benefit of complementary features can be exploited most efficiently.
Learning the discriminative powerinvariance tradeoff
 IN ICCV
, 2007
"... We investigate the problem of learning optimal descriptors for a given classification task. Many handcrafted descriptors have been proposed in the literature for measuring visual similarity. Looking past initial differences, what really distinguishes one descriptor from another is the tradeoff that ..."
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We investigate the problem of learning optimal descriptors for a given classification task. Many handcrafted descriptors have been proposed in the literature for measuring visual similarity. Looking past initial differences, what really distinguishes one descriptor from another is the tradeoff that it achieves between discriminative power and invariance. Since this tradeoff must vary from task to task, no single descriptor can be optimal in all situations. Our focus, in this paper, is on learning the optimal tradeoff for classification given a particular training set and prior constraints. The problem is posed in the kernel learning framework. We learn the optimal, domainspecific kernel as a combination of base kernels corresponding to base features which achieve different levels of tradeoff (such as no invariance, rotation invariance, scale invariance, affine invariance, etc.) This leads to a convex optimisation problem with a unique global optimum which can be solved for efficiently. The method is shown to achieve stateoftheart performance on the UIUC textures, Oxford flowers and Caltech 101 datasets.
Learning the kernel function via regularization
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2005
"... We study the problem of finding an optimal kernel from a prescribed convex set of kernels K for learning a realvalued function by regularization. We establish for a wide variety of regularization functionals that this leads to a convex optimization problem and, for square loss regularization, we ch ..."
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We study the problem of finding an optimal kernel from a prescribed convex set of kernels K for learning a realvalued function by regularization. We establish for a wide variety of regularization functionals that this leads to a convex optimization problem and, for square loss regularization, we characterize the solution of this problem. We show that, although K may be an uncountable set, the optimal kernel is always obtained as a convex combination of at most m+2 basic kernels, where m is the number of data examples. In particular, our results apply to learning the optimal radial kernel or the optimal dot product kernel. 1.
Efficient structure learning of Markov networks using L1regularization
 In NIPS
, 2006
"... Markov networks are widely used in a wide variety of applications, in problems ranging from computer vision, to natural language, to computational biology. In most current applications, even those that rely heavily on learned models, the structure of the Markov network is constructed by hand, due to ..."
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Markov networks are widely used in a wide variety of applications, in problems ranging from computer vision, to natural language, to computational biology. In most current applications, even those that rely heavily on learned models, the structure of the Markov network is constructed by hand, due to the lack of effective algorithms for learning Markov network structure from data. In this paper, we provide a computationally effective method for learning Markov network structure from data. Our method is based on the use of L1 regularization on the weights of the loglinear model, which has the effect of biasing the model towards solutions where many of the parameters are zero. This formulation converts the Markov network learning problem into a convex optimization problem in a continuous space, which can be solved using efficient gradient methods. A key issue in this setting is the (unavoidable) use of approximate inference, which can lead to errors in the gradient computation when the network structure is dense. Thus, we explore the use of different feature introduction schemes and compare their performance. We provide results for our method on synthetic data, and on two real world data sets: modeling the joint distribution of pixel values in the MNIST data, and modeling the joint distribution of genetic sequence variations in the human HapMap data. We show that our L1based method achieves considerably higher generalization performance than the more standard L2based method (a Gaussian parameter prior) or pure maximumlikelihood learning. We also show that we can learn MRF network structure at a computational cost that is not much greater than learning parameters alone, demonstrating the existence of a feasible method for this important problem. 1
Multiple kernel learning algorithms
 JMLR
, 2011
"... In recent years, several methods have been proposed to combine multiple kernels instead of using a single one. These different kernels may correspond to using different notions of similarity or may be using information coming from multiple sources (different representations or different feature subs ..."
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In recent years, several methods have been proposed to combine multiple kernels instead of using a single one. These different kernels may correspond to using different notions of similarity or may be using information coming from multiple sources (different representations or different feature subsets). In trying to organize and highlight the similarities and differences between them, we give a taxonomy of and review several multiple kernel learning algorithms. We perform experiments on real data sets for better illustration and comparison of existing algorithms. We see that though there may not be large differences in terms of accuracy, there is difference between them in complexity as given by the number of stored support vectors, the sparsity of the solution as given by the number of used kernels, and training time complexity. We see that overall, using multiple kernels instead of a single one is useful and believe that combining kernels in a nonlinear or datadependent way seems more promising than linear combination in fusing information provided by simple linear kernels, whereas linear methods are more reasonable when combining complex Gaussian kernels.
Exploring large feature spaces with hierarchical MKL
, 2008
"... For supervised and unsupervised learning, positive definite kernels allow to use large and potentially infinite dimensional feature spaces with a computational cost that only depends on the number of observations. This is usually done through the penalization of predictor functions by Euclidean or H ..."
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For supervised and unsupervised learning, positive definite kernels allow to use large and potentially infinite dimensional feature spaces with a computational cost that only depends on the number of observations. This is usually done through the penalization of predictor functions by Euclidean or Hilbertian norms. In this paper, we explore penalizing by sparsityinducing norms such as the ℓ 1norm or the block ℓ 1norm. We assume that the kernel decomposes into a large sum of individual basis kernels which can be embedded in a directed acyclic graph; we show that it is then possible to perform kernel selection through a hierarchical multiple kernel learning framework, in polynomial time in the number of selected kernels. This framework is naturally applied to non linear variable selection; our extensive simulations on synthetic datasets and datasets from the UCI repository show that efficiently exploring the large feature space through sparsityinducing norms leads to stateoftheart predictive performance. 1