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Gene selection for cancer classification using support vector machines
 Machine Learning
"... Abstract. DNA microarrays now permit scientists to screen thousands of genes simultaneously and determine whether those genes are active, hyperactive or silent in normal or cancerous tissue. Because these new microarray devices generate bewildering amounts of raw data, new analytical methods must ..."
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Abstract. DNA microarrays now permit scientists to screen thousands of genes simultaneously and determine whether those genes are active, hyperactive or silent in normal or cancerous tissue. Because these new microarray devices generate bewildering amounts of raw data, new analytical methods must be developed to sort out whether cancer tissues have distinctive signatures of gene expression over normal tissues or other types of cancer tissues. In this paper, we address the problem of selection of a small subset of genes from broad patterns of gene expression data, recorded on DNA microarrays. Using available training examples from cancer and normal patients, we build a classifier suitable for genetic diagnosis, as well as drug discovery. Previous attempts to address this problem select genes with correlation techniques. We propose a new method of gene selection utilizing Support Vector Machine methods based on Recursive Feature Elimination (RFE). We demonstrate experimentally that the genes selected by our techniques yield better classification performance and are biologically relevant to cancer. In contrast with the baseline method, our method eliminates gene redundancy automatically and yields better and more compact gene subsets. In patients with leukemia our method discovered 2 genes that yield zero leaveoneout error, while 64 genes are necessary for the baseline method to get the best result (one leaveoneout error). In the colon cancer database, using only 4 genes our method is 98 % accurate, while the baseline method is only 86 % accurate.
A tutorial on support vector regression
, 2004
"... In this tutorial we give an overview of the basic ideas underlying Support Vector (SV) machines for function estimation. Furthermore, we include a summary of currently used algorithms for training SV machines, covering both the quadratic (or convex) programming part and advanced methods for dealing ..."
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In this tutorial we give an overview of the basic ideas underlying Support Vector (SV) machines for function estimation. Furthermore, we include a summary of currently used algorithms for training SV machines, covering both the quadratic (or convex) programming part and advanced methods for dealing with large datasets. Finally, we mention some modifications and extensions that have been applied to the standard SV algorithm, and discuss the aspect of regularization from a SV perspective.
An introduction to kernelbased learning algorithms
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS
, 2001
"... This paper provides an introduction to support vector machines (SVMs), kernel Fisher discriminant analysis, and ..."
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This paper provides an introduction to support vector machines (SVMs), kernel Fisher discriminant analysis, and
Text Classification using String Kernels
"... We propose a novel approach for categorizing text documents based on the use of a special kernel. The kernel is an inner product in the feature space generated by all subsequences of length k. A subsequence is any ordered sequence of k characters occurring in the text though not necessarily contiguo ..."
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We propose a novel approach for categorizing text documents based on the use of a special kernel. The kernel is an inner product in the feature space generated by all subsequences of length k. A subsequence is any ordered sequence of k characters occurring in the text though not necessarily contiguously. The subsequences are weighted by anexponentially decaying factor of their full length in the text, hence emphasising those occurrences that are close to contiguous. A direct computation of this feature vector would involve a prohibitive amount of computation even for modest values of k, since the dimension of the feature space grows exponentially with k. The paper describes how despite this fact the inner product can be e ciently evaluated by a dynamic programming technique. Experimental comparisons of the performance of the kernel compared with a standard word feature space kernel Joachims (1998) show positive results on modestly sized datasets. The case of contiguous subsequences is also considered for comparison with the subsequences kernel with di erent decay factors. For larger documents and datasets the paper introduces an approximation technique that is shown to deliver good approximations e ciently for large datasets.
Efficient Additive Kernels via Explicit Feature Maps
"... Maji and Berg [13] have recently introduced an explicit feature map approximating the intersection kernel. This enables efficient learning methods for linear kernels to be applied to the nonlinear intersection kernel, expanding the applicability of this model to much larger problems. In this paper ..."
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Maji and Berg [13] have recently introduced an explicit feature map approximating the intersection kernel. This enables efficient learning methods for linear kernels to be applied to the nonlinear intersection kernel, expanding the applicability of this model to much larger problems. In this paper we generalize this idea, and analyse a large family of additive kernels, called homogeneous, in a unified framework. The family includes the intersection, Hellinger’s, and χ2 kernels commonly employed in computer vision. Using the framework we are able to: (i) provide explicit feature maps for all homogeneous additive kernels along with closed form expression for all common kernels; (ii) derive corresponding approximate finitedimensional feature maps based on the Fourier sampling theorem; and (iii) quantify the extent of the approximation. We demonstrate that the approximations have indistinguishable performance from the full kernel on a number of standard datasets, yet greatly reduce the train/test times of SVM implementations. We show that the χ2 kernel, which has been found to yield the best performance in most applications, also has the most compact feature representation. Given these train/test advantages we are able to obtain a significant performance improvement over current state of the art results based on the intersection kernel. 1.
Efficient SVM training using lowrank kernel representations
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2001
"... SVM training is a convex optimization problem which scales with the training set size rather than the feature space dimension. While this is usually considered to be a desired quality, in large scale problems it may cause training to be impractical. The common techniques to handle this difficulty ba ..."
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SVM training is a convex optimization problem which scales with the training set size rather than the feature space dimension. While this is usually considered to be a desired quality, in large scale problems it may cause training to be impractical. The common techniques to handle this difficulty basically build a solution by solving a sequence of small scale subproblems. Our current effort is concentrated on the rank of the kernel matrix as a source for further enhancement of the training procedure. We first show that for a low rank kernel matrix it is possible to design a better interior point method (IPM) in terms of storage requirements as well as computational complexity. We then suggest an efficient use of a known factorization technique to approximate a given kernel matrix by a low rank matrix, which in turn will be used to feed the optimizer. Finally, we derive an upper bound on the change in the objective function value based on the approximation error and the number of active constraints (support vectors). This bound is general in the sense that it holds regardless of the approximation method.
On the Nyström Method for Approximating a Gram Matrix for Improved KernelBased Learning
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2005
"... A problem for many kernelbased methods is that the amount of computation required to find the solution scales as O(n³), where n is the number of training examples. We develop and analyze an algorithm to compute an easilyinterpretable lowrank approximation to an nn Gram matrix G such that compu ..."
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A problem for many kernelbased methods is that the amount of computation required to find the solution scales as O(n³), where n is the number of training examples. We develop and analyze an algorithm to compute an easilyinterpretable lowrank approximation to an nn Gram matrix G such that computations of interest may be performed more rapidly. The approximation is of the form G k = CW , where C is a matrix consisting of a small number c of columns of G and W k is the best rankk approximation to W , the matrix formed by the intersection between those c columns of G and the corresponding c rows of G. An important aspect of the algorithm is the probability distribution used to randomly sample the columns; we will use a judiciouslychosen and datadependent nonuniform probability distribution. Let F denote the spectral norm and the Frobenius norm, respectively, of a matrix, and let G k be the best rankk approximation to G. We prove that by choosing O(k/# ) columns both in expectation and with high probability, for both # = 2, F , and for all k : 0 rank(W ). This approximation can be computed using O(n) additional space and time, after making two passes over the data from external storage. The relationships between this algorithm, other related matrix decompositions, and the Nyström method from integral equation theory are discussed.
The Kernel Recursive Least Squares Algorithm
 IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
, 2003
"... We present a nonlinear kernelbased version of the Recursive Least Squares (RLS) algorithm. Our KernelRLS (KRLS) algorithm performs linear regression in the feature space induced by a Mercer kernel, and can therefore be used to recursively construct the minimum mean squared error regressor. Spars ..."
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We present a nonlinear kernelbased version of the Recursive Least Squares (RLS) algorithm. Our KernelRLS (KRLS) algorithm performs linear regression in the feature space induced by a Mercer kernel, and can therefore be used to recursively construct the minimum mean squared error regressor. Sparsity of the solution is achieved by a sequential sparsification process that admits into the kernel representation a new input sample only if its feature space image cannot be suffciently well approximated by combining the images of previously admitted samples. This sparsification procedure is crucial to the operation of KRLS, as it allows it to operate online, and by effectively regularizing its solutions. A theoretical analysis of the sparsification method reveals its close affinity to kernel PCA, and a datadependent loss bound is presented, quantifying the generalization performance of the KRLS algorithm. We demonstrate the performance and scaling properties of KRLS and compare it to a stateof theart Support Vector Regression algorithm, using both synthetic and real data. We additionally test KRLS on two signal processing problems in which the use of traditional leastsquares methods is commonplace: Time series prediction and channel equalization.
Core vector machines: Fast SVM training on very large data sets
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2005
"... Standard SVM training has O(m 3) time and O(m 2) space complexities, where m is the training set size. It is thus computationally infeasible on very large data sets. By observing that practical SVM implementations only approximate the optimal solution by an iterative strategy, we scale up kernel met ..."
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Standard SVM training has O(m 3) time and O(m 2) space complexities, where m is the training set size. It is thus computationally infeasible on very large data sets. By observing that practical SVM implementations only approximate the optimal solution by an iterative strategy, we scale up kernel methods by exploiting such “approximateness ” in this paper. We first show that many kernel methods can be equivalently formulated as minimum enclosing ball (MEB) problems in computational geometry. Then, by adopting an efficient approximate MEB algorithm, we obtain provably approximately optimal solutions with the idea of core sets. Our proposed Core Vector Machine (CVM) algorithm can be used with nonlinear kernels and has a time complexity that is linear in m and a space complexity that is independent of m. Experiments on large toy and realworld data sets demonstrate that the CVM is as accurate as existing SVM implementations, but is much faster and can handle much larger data sets than existing scaleup methods. For example, CVM with the Gaussian kernel produces superior results on the KDDCUP99 intrusion detection data, which has about five million training patterns, in only 1.4 seconds on a 3.2GHz Pentium–4 PC.
Sparse Greedy Gaussian Process Regression
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 13
, 2001
"... We present a simple sparse greedy technique to approximate the maximum a posteriori estimate of Gaussian Processes with much improved scaling behaviour in the sample size m. In particular, computational requirements are O(n m), storage is O(nm), the cost for prediction is O(n) and the cost to comput ..."
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We present a simple sparse greedy technique to approximate the maximum a posteriori estimate of Gaussian Processes with much improved scaling behaviour in the sample size m. In particular, computational requirements are O(n m), storage is O(nm), the cost for prediction is O(n) and the cost to compute confidence bounds is O(nm), where n m. We show how to compute a stopping criterion, give bounds on the approximation error, and show applications to large scale problems.