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Authoritative Sources in a Hyperlinked Environment
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 1999
"... The network structure of a hyperlinked environment can be a rich source of information about the content of the environment, provided we have effective means for understanding it. We develop a set of algorithmic tools for extracting information from the link structures of such environments, and repo ..."
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The network structure of a hyperlinked environment can be a rich source of information about the content of the environment, provided we have effective means for understanding it. We develop a set of algorithmic tools for extracting information from the link structures of such environments, and report on experiments that demonstrate their effectiveness in a variety of contexts on the World Wide Web. The central issue we address within our framework is the distillation of broad search topics, through the discovery of “authoritative ” information sources on such topics. We propose and test an algorithmic formulation of the notion of authority, based on the relationship between a set of relevant authoritative pages and the set of “hub pages ” that join them together in the link structure. Our formulation has connections to the eigenvectors of certain matrices associated with the link graph; these connections in turn motivate additional heuristics for linkbased analysis.
Laplacian Eigenmaps for Dimensionality Reduction and Data Representation
, 2003
"... One of the central problems in machine learning and pattern recognition is to develop appropriate representations for complex data. We consider the problem of constructing a representation for data lying on a lowdimensional manifold embedded in a highdimensional space. Drawing on the correspondenc ..."
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One of the central problems in machine learning and pattern recognition is to develop appropriate representations for complex data. We consider the problem of constructing a representation for data lying on a lowdimensional manifold embedded in a highdimensional space. Drawing on the correspondence between the graph Laplacian, the Laplace Beltrami operator on the manifold, and the connections to the heat equation, we propose a geometrically motivated algorithm for representing the highdimensional data. The algorithm provides a computationally efficient approach to nonlinear dimensionality reduction that has localitypreserving properties and a natural connection to clustering. Some potential applications and illustrative examples are discussed.
Community detection in graphs
, 2009
"... The modern science of networks has brought significant advances to our understanding of complex systems. One of the most relevant features of graphs representing real systems is community structure, or clustering, i. e. the organization of vertices in clusters, with many edges joining vertices of th ..."
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The modern science of networks has brought significant advances to our understanding of complex systems. One of the most relevant features of graphs representing real systems is community structure, or clustering, i. e. the organization of vertices in clusters, with many edges joining vertices of the same cluster and comparatively few edges joining vertices of different clusters. Such
Laplacian eigenmaps and spectral techniques for embedding and clustering.
 Proceeding of Neural Information Processing Systems,
, 2001
"... Abstract Drawing on the correspondence between the graph Laplacian, the LaplaceBeltrami op erator on a manifold , and the connections to the heat equation , we propose a geometrically motivated algorithm for constructing a representation for data sampled from a low dimensional manifold embedded in ..."
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Abstract Drawing on the correspondence between the graph Laplacian, the LaplaceBeltrami op erator on a manifold , and the connections to the heat equation , we propose a geometrically motivated algorithm for constructing a representation for data sampled from a low dimensional manifold embedded in a higher dimensional space. The algorithm provides a computationally efficient approach to nonlinear dimensionality reduction that has locality preserving properties and a natural connection to clustering. Several applications are considered. In many areas of artificial intelligence, information retrieval and data mining, one is often confronted with intrinsically low dimensional data lying in a very high dimensional space. For example, gray scale n x n images of a fixed object taken with a moving camera yield data points in rn: n2 . However , the intrinsic dimensionality of the space of all images of t he same object is the number of degrees of freedom of the camera in fact the space has the natural structure of a manifold embedded in rn: n2 . While there is a large body of work on dimensionality reduction in general, most existing approaches do not explicitly take into account the structure of the manifold on which the data may possibly reside. Recently, there has been some interest (Tenenbaum et aI, 2000 ; The core algorithm is very simple, has a few local computations and one sparse eigenvalu e problem. The solution reflects th e intrinsic geom etric structure of the manifold. Th e justification comes from the role of the Laplacian op erator in providing an optimal emb edding. Th e Laplacian of the graph obtained from the data points may be viewed as an approximation to the LaplaceBeltrami operator defined on the manifold. The emb edding maps for the data come from approximations to a natural map that is defined on the entire manifold. The framework of analysis
Information flow and cooperative control of vehicle formations.
 In Proceeings of 15th IFAC Conference,
, 2002
"... Abstract We consider the problem of cooperation among a collection of vehicles performing a shared task using intervehicle communication to coordinate their actions. We apply tools from graph theory to relate the topology of the communication network to formation stability. We prove a Nyquist crite ..."
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Abstract We consider the problem of cooperation among a collection of vehicles performing a shared task using intervehicle communication to coordinate their actions. We apply tools from graph theory to relate the topology of the communication network to formation stability. We prove a Nyquist criterion that uses the eigenvalues of the graph Laplacian matrix to determine the effect of the graph on formation stability. We also propose a method for decentralized information exchange between vehicles. This approach realizes a dynamical system that supplies each vehicle with a common reference to be used for cooperative motion. We prove a separation principle that states that formation stability is achieved if the information flow is stable for the given graph and if the local controller stabilizes the vehicle. The information flow can be rendered highly robust to changes in the graph, thus enabling tight formation control despite limitations in intervehicle communication capability.
Contour and Texture Analysis for Image Segmentation
, 2001
"... This paper provides an algorithm for partitioning grayscale images into disjoint regions of coherent brightness and texture. Natural images contain both textured and untextured regions, so the cues of contour and texture differences are exploited simultaneously. Contours are treated in the interveni ..."
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This paper provides an algorithm for partitioning grayscale images into disjoint regions of coherent brightness and texture. Natural images contain both textured and untextured regions, so the cues of contour and texture differences are exploited simultaneously. Contours are treated in the intervening contour framework, while texture is analyzed using textons. Each of these cues has a domain of applicability, so to facilitate cue combination we introduce a gating operator based on the texturedness of the neighborhood at a pixel. Having obtained a local measure of how likely two nearby pixels are to belong to the same region, we use the spectral graph theoretic framework of normalized cuts to find partitions of the image into regions of coherent texture and brightness. Experimental results on a wide range of images are shown.
Face recognition using laplacianfaces
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2005
"... Abstract—We propose an appearancebased face recognition method called the Laplacianface approach. By using Locality Preserving Projections (LPP), the face images are mapped into a face subspace for analysis. Different from Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) wh ..."
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Abstract—We propose an appearancebased face recognition method called the Laplacianface approach. By using Locality Preserving Projections (LPP), the face images are mapped into a face subspace for analysis. Different from Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) which effectively see only the Euclidean structure of face space, LPP finds an embedding that preserves local information, and obtains a face subspace that best detects the essential face manifold structure. The Laplacianfaces are the optimal linear approximations to the eigenfunctions of the Laplace Beltrami operator on the face manifold. In this way, the unwanted variations resulting from changes in lighting, facial expression, and pose may be eliminated or reduced. Theoretical analysis shows that PCA, LDA, and LPP can be obtained from different graph models. We compare the proposed Laplacianface approach with Eigenface and Fisherface methods on three different face data sets. Experimental results suggest that the proposed Laplacianface approach provides a better representation and achieves lower error rates in face recognition. Index Terms—Face recognition, principal component analysis, linear discriminant analysis, locality preserving projections, face manifold, subspace learning. 1
Contour Detection and Hierarchical Image Segmentation
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PATTERN ANALYSIS AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
, 2010
"... This paper investigates two fundamental problems in computer vision: contour detection and image segmentation. We present stateoftheart algorithms for both of these tasks. Our contour detector combines multiple local cues into a globalization framework based on spectral clustering. Our segmentati ..."
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This paper investigates two fundamental problems in computer vision: contour detection and image segmentation. We present stateoftheart algorithms for both of these tasks. Our contour detector combines multiple local cues into a globalization framework based on spectral clustering. Our segmentation algorithm consists of generic machinery for transforming the output of any contour detector into a hierarchical region tree. In this manner, we reduce the problem of image segmentation to that of contour detection. Extensive experimental evaluation demonstrates that both our contour detection and segmentation methods significantly outperform competing algorithms. The automatically generated hierarchical segmentations can be interactively refined by userspecified annotations. Computation at multiple image resolutions provides a means of coupling our system to recognition applications.
Segmentation using eigenvectors: A unifying view
 In ICCV
, 1999
"... Automatic grouping and segmentation of images remains a challenging problem in computer vision. Recently, a number of authors have demonstrated good performance on this task using methods that are based on eigenvectors of the a nity matrix. These approaches are extremely attractive in that they are ..."
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Automatic grouping and segmentation of images remains a challenging problem in computer vision. Recently, a number of authors have demonstrated good performance on this task using methods that are based on eigenvectors of the a nity matrix. These approaches are extremely attractive in that they are based on simple eigendecomposition algorithms whose stability is well understood. Nevertheless, the use of eigendecompositions in the context of segmentation is far from well understood. In this paper we give a unied treatment of these algorithms, and show the close connections between them while highlighting their distinguishing features. We then prove results on eigenvectors of block matrices that allow us to analyze the performance of these algorithms in simple grouping settings. Finally, we use our analysis to motivate a variation on the existing methods that combines aspects from di erent eigenvector segmentation algorithms. We illustrate our analysis with results on real and synthetic images. Human perceiving a scene can often easily segment it into coherent segments or groups. There has been a tremendous amount of e ort devoted to achieving the same level of performance in computer vision. In many cases, this is done by associating with each pixel a feature vector (e.g. color, motion, texture, position) and using a clustering or grouping algorithm on these feature vectors. Perhaps the cleanest approach to segmenting points in feature space is based on mixture models in which one assumes the data were generated by multiple processes and estimates the parameters of the processes and the number of components in the mixture. The assignment of points to clusters can then be easily performed by calculating the posterior probability ofa point belonging to a cluster. Despite the elegance of this approach, the estimation process leads to a notoriously di cult optimization. The frequently used EM algorithm [3] often converges to a local maximum that depends on the initial conditions. Recently, anumber of authors [11, 10, 8, 9, 2] have suggested alternative segmentation methods that are based on eigenvectors of the (possibly normalized) \a nity matrix". Figure 1a shows two clusters of points and gure 1b shows the a nity matrix de ned by: