Training of Support Vector Machines with Mahalanobis Kernels

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Training of Support Vector Machines with Mahalanobis Kernels
Abstract. Radial basis function (RBF) kernels are widely used for support vector machines. But for model selection, we need to optimize the kernel parameter and the margin parameter by time-consuming cross validation. To solve this problem, in this paper we propose using Mahalanobis kernels, which are generalized RBF kernels. We determine the covariance matrix for the Mahalanobis kernel using the training data corresponding to the associated classes. Model selection is done by line search. Namely, first the margin parameter is optimized and then the Mahalanobis kernel parameter is optimized. According to the computer experiments for two-class problems, a Mahalanobis kernel with a diagonal covariance matrix shows better generalization ability than a Mahalanobis kernel with a full covariance matrix, and a Mahalanobis kernel optimized by line search shows comparable performance with that with an RBF kernel optimized by grid search.
Shigeo Abe
Added 27 Jun 2010
Updated 27 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Shigeo Abe
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