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Comparing distributions and shapes using the kernel distance

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Comparing distributions and shapes using the kernel distance
Starting with a similarity function between objects, it is possible to define a distance metric (the kernel distance) on pairs of objects, and more generally on probability distributions over them. These distance metrics have a deep basis in functional analysis and geometric measure theory, and have a rich structure that includes an isometric embedding into a Hilbert space. They have recently been applied to numerous problems in machine learning and shape analysis. In this paper, we provide the first algorithmic analysis of these distance metrics. Our main contributions are as follows: (i) We present fast approximation algorithms for computing the kernel distance between two point sets P and Q that runs in near-linear time in the size of P ∪ Q (an explicit calculation would take quadratic time). (ii) We present polynomial-time algorithms for approximately minimizing the kernel distance under rigid transformation; they run in time O(n+poly(1/ε, log n)). (iii) We provide several ge...
Sarang C. Joshi, Raj Varma Kommaraju, Jeff M. Phil
Added 25 Aug 2011
Updated 25 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where COMPGEOM
Authors Sarang C. Joshi, Raj Varma Kommaraju, Jeff M. Phillips, Suresh Venkatasubramanian
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