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### Support Vector Machines: A Survey

Qiang Yang, for ICDM 2006 Panel

http://www.cse.ust.hk/~qyang

Partially based on slides from Prof Andrew Moore at CMU: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~awm/tutorials

For ICDM Panel on 10 Best Algorithms

Problem:

Given a set of objects with known descriptive variables, and from known classes, i

{(Xi, yi), i=1, 2, … t}

Find

a discriminative function f(x) such that f(Xi)=yi.

SVM today:

A must try for most applications

Mathematically well founded

Robust to noise (non-support vectors ignored)

Works even for dozens of training data

Among the most accurate algorithms

Has many extensions

Can be scaled up (ongoing work…)

Hard-Margin Linear Classifier

Maximize Margin

Support Vectors

Quadratic Programming

Soft-Margin Linear Classifier

Non-Linear Separable Problem and Kernels

XOR

Extension to

Regression for numerical class

Ranking rather than classification

SMO and Core vector machines

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How would you classify this data?

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Any of these would be fine..

..but which is best?

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The maximum margin linear classifier is the linear classifier with the maximum margin.

Support Vectors are those datapoints that the margin pushes up against

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SVM: Questions

- Can we understand the meaning of the SVM through a solid theoretical foundation?
- Can we extend the SVM formulation to handle cases where we allow errors to exist, when even the best hyperplane must admit some errors on the training data?
- Can we extend the SVM formulation so that it works in situations where the training data are not linearly separable?
- Can we extend the SVM formulation so that the task is to rank the instances in the likelihood of being a positive class member, rather than classification?
- Can we scale up the algorithm for finding the maximum margin hyperplanes to thousands and millions of instances?

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Q1. Support Vector Machines: Foundations

- The problem of finding the maximum margin can be transformed to finding the roots of a Lagrangian
- Can be solved using quadratic programming (QP)
- Has solid theoretical foundations
- Future error < Training error + C*h1/2
- h=VC dimension, which is the max number of examples shattered by a function class f(x,a)

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Q2: extension to allow errors- When noise exists:
- Minimize
- w.w+ C (distance of error
- points to their
- correct place)

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Q3: Non-linear transformation to Feature spaces

- General idea: introduce kernels

Φ: x→φ(x)

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SVM for regression analysis

SV regression

SVM for ranking

Ranking SVM

Idea

For each order pair of instances (x1, x2) where x1 < x2 in ranking

Generate a new instance

Train an SVM on the new data set

Q4: extension to other tasks?f(x,w,b) = w. x- b

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Q5: Scale Up?

- One of the initial drawbacks of SVM is its computational inefficiency.
- However, this problem is being solved with great success.
- SMO:
- break a large optimization problem into a series of smaller problems, each only involves a couple of carefully chosen variables
- The process iterates
- Core Vector Machines
- finding an approximate minimum enclosing ball of a set of instances.
- These instances, when mapped to an N-dimensional space, represent a core set
- Solving the SVM learning problem on these core sets can produce a good approximation solution in very fast speed.
- Train high quality SVM on millions of data in seconds

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References

- An excellent tutorial on VC-dimension and Support Vector Machines:
- http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~awm/tutorials
- C.J.C. Burges. A tutorial on support vector machines for pattern recognition. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 2(2):955-974, 1998. http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/burges98tutorial.html
- The VC/SRM/SVM Bible: (Not for beginners including myself)

Statistical Learning Theory by Vladimir Vapnik, Wiley-Interscience; 1998

- Software: SVM-light, http://svmlight.joachims.org/, LibSVM, http://www.csie.ntu.edu.tw/~cjlin/libsvm/ SMO in Weka

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