Kernel self-optimization learning for kernel-based feature extraction and recognition

Jun-Bao Li, Yun-Heng Wang, Shu-Chuan Chu, John Roddick

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    Kernel learning is becoming an important research topic in the area of machine learning, and it has wide applications in pattern recognition, computer vision, image and signal processing. Kernel learning provides a promising solution to nonlinear problems, including nonlinear feature extraction, classification and clustering. However, in kernel-based systems, the problem of the kernel function and its parameters remains to be solved. Methods of choosing parameters from a discrete set of values have been presented in previous studies, but these methods do not change the data distribution structure in the kernel-based mapping space. Accordingly, performance is not improved because the current kernel optimization does not change the data distribution. Based on this problem, this paper presents a uniform framework for kernel self-optimization with the ability to adjust the data structure. The data-dependent kernel is extended and applied to kernel learning, and optimization equations with two criteria for measuring data discrimination are used to solve the optimal parameter values. Some experiments are performed to evaluate the performance in popular kernel learning methods, including kernel principal components analysis (KPCA), kernel discriminant analysis (KDA) and kernel locality-preserving projection (KLPP). These evaluations show that the framework of kernel self-optimization is feasible for enhancing kernel-based learning methods.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)70-80
    Number of pages11
    JournalInformation Sciences
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


    • Data-dependent kernel
    • Kernel discriminant analysis
    • Kernel locality preserving projection
    • Kernel method
    • Kernel principal component analysis
    • Kernel self-optimization


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