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A Quantitative Analysis and Performance Study for SimilaritySearch Methods in HighDimensional Spaces
, 1998
"... For similarity search in highdimensional vector spaces (or `HDVSs'), researchers have proposed a number of new methods (or adaptations of existing methods) based, in the main, on dataspace partitioning. However, the performance of these methods generally degrades as dimensionality increases. Altho ..."
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For similarity search in highdimensional vector spaces (or `HDVSs'), researchers have proposed a number of new methods (or adaptations of existing methods) based, in the main, on dataspace partitioning. However, the performance of these methods generally degrades as dimensionality increases. Although this phenomenonknown as the `dimensional curse'is well known, little or no quantitative analysis of the phenomenon is available. In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of partitioning and clustering techniques for similarity search in HDVSs. We show formally that these methods exhibit linear complexity at high dimensionality, and that existing methods are outperformed on average by a simple sequential scan if the number of dimensions exceeds around 10. Consequently, we come up with an alternative organization based on approximations to make the unavoidable sequential scan as fast as possible. We describe a simple vector approximation scheme, called VAfile, and report on an ...
Nearest Neighbor Queries
, 1995
"... A frequently encountered type of query in Geographic Information Systems is to find the k nearest neighbor objects to a given point in space. Processing such queries requires substantially different search algorithms than those for location or range queries. In this paper we present an efficient bra ..."
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A frequently encountered type of query in Geographic Information Systems is to find the k nearest neighbor objects to a given point in space. Processing such queries requires substantially different search algorithms than those for location or range queries. In this paper we present an efficient branchandbound Rtree traversal algorithm to find the nearest neighbor object to a point, and then generalize it to finding the k nearest neighbors. We also discuss metrics for an optimistic and a pessimistic search ordering strategy as well as for pruning. Finally, we present the results of several experiments obtained using the implementation of our algorithm and examine the behavior of the metrics and the scalability of the algorithm.
Distance Browsing in Spatial Databases
, 1999
"... Two different techniques of browsing through a collection of spatial objects stored in an Rtree spatial data structure on the basis of their distances from an arbitrary spatial query object are compared. The conventional approach is one that makes use of a knearest neighbor algorithm where k is kn ..."
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Two different techniques of browsing through a collection of spatial objects stored in an Rtree spatial data structure on the basis of their distances from an arbitrary spatial query object are compared. The conventional approach is one that makes use of a knearest neighbor algorithm where k is known prior to the invocation of the algorithm. Thus if m#kneighbors are needed, the knearest neighbor algorithm needs to be reinvoked for m neighbors, thereby possibly performing some redundant computations. The second approach is incremental in the sense that having obtained the k nearest neighbors, the k +1 st neighbor can be obtained without having to calculate the k +1nearest neighbors from scratch. The incremental approach finds use when processing complex queries where one of the conditions involves spatial proximity (e.g., the nearest city to Chicago with population greater than a million), in which case a query engine can make use of a pipelined strategy. A general incremental nearest neighbor algorithm is presented that is applicable to a large class of hierarchical spatial data structures. This algorithm is adapted to the Rtree and its performance is compared to an existing knearest neighbor algorithm for Rtrees [45]. Experiments show that the incremental nearest neighbor algorithm significantly outperforms the knearest neighbor algorithm for distance browsing queries in a spatial database that uses the Rtree as a spatial index. Moreover, the incremental nearest neighbor algorithm also usually outperforms the knearest neighbor algorithm when applied to the knearest neighbor problem for the Rtree, although the improvement is not nearly as large as for distance browsing queries. In fact, we prove informally that, at any step in its execution, the incremental...
Improved heterogeneous distance functions
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1997
"... Instancebased learning techniques typically handle continuous and linear input values well, but often do not handle nominal input attributes appropriately. The Value Difference Metric (VDM) was designed to find reasonable distance values between nominal attribute values, but it largely ignores cont ..."
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Instancebased learning techniques typically handle continuous and linear input values well, but often do not handle nominal input attributes appropriately. The Value Difference Metric (VDM) was designed to find reasonable distance values between nominal attribute values, but it largely ignores continuous attributes, requiring discretization to map continuous values into nominal values. This paper proposes three new heterogeneous distance functions, called the Heterogeneous Value Difference Metric (HVDM), the Interpolated Value Difference Metric (IVDM), and the Windowed Value Difference Metric (WVDM). These new distance functions are designed to handle applications with nominal attributes, continuous attributes, or both. In experiments on 48 applications the new distance metrics achieve higher classification accuracy on average than three previous distance functions on those datasets that have both nominal and continuous attributes.
Shape Indexing Using Approximate NearestNeighbour Search in HighDimensional Spaces
, 1997
"... Shape indexing is a way of making rapid associations between features detected in an image and object models that could have produced them. When model databases are large, the use of highdimensional features is critical, due to the improved level of discrimination they can provide. Unfortunately, f ..."
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Shape indexing is a way of making rapid associations between features detected in an image and object models that could have produced them. When model databases are large, the use of highdimensional features is critical, due to the improved level of discrimination they can provide. Unfortunately, finding the nearest neighbour to a query point rapidly becomes inefficient as the dimensionality of the feature space increases. Past indexing methods have used hash tables for hypothesis recovery, but only in lowdimensional situations. In this paper, we show that a new variant of the kd tree search algorithm makes indexing in higherdimensional spaces practical. This Best Bin First, or BBF, search is an approximate algorithm which finds the nearest neighbour for a large fraction of the queries, and a very close neighbour in the remaining cases. The technique has been integrated into a fully developed recognition system, which is able to detect complex objects in real, cluttered scenes in just a few seconds.
Optimal MultiStep kNearest Neighbor Search
, 1998
"... For an increasing number of modern database applications, efficient support of similarity search becomes an important task. Along with the complexity of the objects such as images, molecules and mechanical parts, also the complexity of the similarity models increases more and more. Whereas algorithm ..."
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For an increasing number of modern database applications, efficient support of similarity search becomes an important task. Along with the complexity of the objects such as images, molecules and mechanical parts, also the complexity of the similarity models increases more and more. Whereas algorithms that are directly based on indexes work well for simple mediumdimensional similarity distance functions, they do not meet the efficiency requirements of complex highdimensional and adaptable distance functions. The use of a multistep query processing strategy is recommended in these cases, and our investigations substantiate that the number of candidates which are produced in the filter step and exactly evaluated in the refinement step is a fundamental efficiency parameter. After revealing the strong performance shortcomings of the stateoftheart algorithm for knearest neighbor search [Korn et al. 1996], we present a novel multistep algorithm which is guaranteed to produce the minim...
T.R.: Reduction Techniques for Instancebased Learning Algorithm
 Machine Learning
"... Abstract. Instancebased learning algorithms are often faced with the problem of deciding which instances to store for use during generalization. Storing too many instances can result in large memory requirements and slow execution speed, and can cause an oversensitivity to noise. This paper has two ..."
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Abstract. Instancebased learning algorithms are often faced with the problem of deciding which instances to store for use during generalization. Storing too many instances can result in large memory requirements and slow execution speed, and can cause an oversensitivity to noise. This paper has two main purposes. First, it provides a survey of existing algorithms used to reduce storage requirements in instancebased learning algorithms and other exemplarbased algorithms. Second, it proposes six additional reduction algorithms called DROP1–DROP5 and DEL (three of which were first described in Wilson & Martinez, 1997c, as RT1–RT3) that can be used to remove instances from the concept description. These algorithms and 10 algorithms from the survey are compared on 31 classification tasks. Of those algorithms that provide substantial storage reduction, the DROP algorithms have the highest average generalization accuracy in these experiments, especially in the presence of uniform class noise. Keywords: instancebased learning, nearest neighbor, instance reduction, pruning, classification
A Simple Algorithm for Nearest Neighbor Search in High Dimensions
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 1997
"... Abstract—The problem of finding the closest point in highdimensional spaces is common in pattern recognition. Unfortunately, the complexity of most existing search algorithms, such as kd tree and Rtree, grows exponentially with dimension, making them impractical for dimensionality above 15. In ne ..."
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Abstract—The problem of finding the closest point in highdimensional spaces is common in pattern recognition. Unfortunately, the complexity of most existing search algorithms, such as kd tree and Rtree, grows exponentially with dimension, making them impractical for dimensionality above 15. In nearly all applications, the closest point is of interest only if it lies within a userspecified distance e. We present a simple and practical algorithm to efficiently search for the nearest neighbor within Euclidean distance e. The use of projection search combined with a novel data structure dramatically improves performance in high dimensions. A complexity analysis is presented which helps to automatically determine e in structured problems. A comprehensive set of benchmarks clearly shows the superiority of the proposed algorithm for a variety of structured and unstructured search problems. Object recognition is demonstrated as an example application. The simplicity of the algorithm makes it possible to construct an inexpensive hardware search engine which can be 100 times faster than its software equivalent. A C++ implementation of our algorithm is available upon request to search@cs.columbia.edu/CAVE/.
Similarity Indexing: Algorithms and Performance
 In Proceedings SPIE Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases
, 1996
"... Efficient indexing support is essential to allow contentbased image and video databases using similaritybased retrieval to scale to large databases (tens of thousands up to millions of images). In this paper, we take an in depth look at this problem. One of the major difficulties in solving this pr ..."
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Efficient indexing support is essential to allow contentbased image and video databases using similaritybased retrieval to scale to large databases (tens of thousands up to millions of images). In this paper, we take an in depth look at this problem. One of the major difficulties in solving this problem is the high dimension (6100) of the feature vectors that are used to represent objects. We provide an overview of the work in computational geometry on this problem and highlight the results we found are most useful in practice, including the use of approximate nearest neighbor algorithms. We also present a variant of the optimized kd tree we call the VAM kd tree, and provide algorithms to create an optimized Rtree we call the VAMSplit Rtree. We found that the VAMSplit Rtree provided better overall performance than all competing structures we tested for main memory and secondary memory applications. We observed large improvements in performance relative to the R*tree and SStree in secondary memory applications, and modest improvements relative to optimized kd tree variants.Nearest Neighbor Search
Approximate Nearest Neighbor Queries in Fixed Dimensions
, 1993
"... Given a set of n points in ddimensional Euclidean space, S ae E d , and a query point q 2 E d , we wish to determine the nearest neighbor of q, that is, the point of S whose Euclidean distance to q is minimum. The goal is to preprocess the point set S, such that queries can be answered as effic ..."
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Given a set of n points in ddimensional Euclidean space, S ae E d , and a query point q 2 E d , we wish to determine the nearest neighbor of q, that is, the point of S whose Euclidean distance to q is minimum. The goal is to preprocess the point set S, such that queries can be answered as efficiently as possible. We assume that the dimension d is a constant independent of n. Although reasonably good solutions to this problem exist when d is small, as d increases the performance of these algorithms degrades rapidly. We present a randomized algorithm for approximate nearest neighbor searching. Given any set of n points S ae E d , and a constant ffl ? 0, we produce a data structure, such that given any query point, a point of S will be reported whose distance from the query point is at most a factor of (1 + ffl) from that of the true nearest neighbor. Our algorithm runs in O(log 3 n) expected time and requires O(n log n) space. The data structure can be built in O(n 2 ) expe...