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An equivalence between sparse approximation and Support Vector Machines
 A.I. Memo 1606, MIT Arti cial Intelligence Laboratory
, 1997
"... This publication can be retrieved by anonymous ftp to publications.ai.mit.edu. The pathname for this publication is: aipublications/15001999/AIM1606.ps.Z This paper shows a relationship between two di erent approximation techniques: the Support Vector Machines (SVM), proposed by V.Vapnik (1995), ..."
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This publication can be retrieved by anonymous ftp to publications.ai.mit.edu. The pathname for this publication is: aipublications/15001999/AIM1606.ps.Z This paper shows a relationship between two di erent approximation techniques: the Support Vector Machines (SVM), proposed by V.Vapnik (1995), and a sparse approximation scheme that resembles the Basis Pursuit DeNoising algorithm (Chen, 1995 � Chen, Donoho and Saunders, 1995). SVM is a technique which can be derived from the Structural Risk Minimization Principle (Vapnik, 1982) and can be used to estimate the parameters of several di erent approximation schemes, including Radial Basis Functions, algebraic/trigonometric polynomials, Bsplines, and some forms of Multilayer Perceptrons. Basis Pursuit DeNoising is a sparse approximation technique, in which a function is reconstructed by using a small number of basis functions chosen from a large set (the dictionary). We show that, if the data are noiseless, the modi ed version of Basis Pursuit DeNoising proposed in this paper is equivalent to SVM in the following sense: if applied to the same data set the two techniques give the same solution, which is obtained by solving the same quadratic programming problem. In the appendix we also present a derivation of the SVM technique in the framework of regularization theory, rather than statistical learning theory, establishing a connection between SVM, sparse approximation and regularization theory.
A Theory of Networks for Approximation and Learning
 Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
, 1989
"... Learning an inputoutput mapping from a set of examples, of the type that many neural networks have been constructed to perform, can be regarded as synthesizing an approximation of a multidimensional function, that is solving the problem of hypersurface reconstruction. From this point of view, t ..."
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Learning an inputoutput mapping from a set of examples, of the type that many neural networks have been constructed to perform, can be regarded as synthesizing an approximation of a multidimensional function, that is solving the problem of hypersurface reconstruction. From this point of view, this form of learning is closely related to classical approximation techniques, such as generalized splines and regularization theory. This paper considers the problems of an exact representation and, in more detail, of the approximation of linear and nonlinear mappings in terms of simpler functions of fewer variables. Kolmogorov's theorem concerning the representation of functions of several variables in terms of functions of one variable turns out to be almost irrelevant in the context of networks for learning. Wedevelop a theoretical framework for approximation based on regularization techniques that leads to a class of threelayer networks that we call Generalized Radial Basis Functions (GRBF), since they are mathematically related to the wellknown Radial Basis Functions, mainly used for strict interpolation tasks. GRBF networks are not only equivalent to generalized splines, but are also closely related to pattern recognition methods suchasParzen windows and potential functions and to several neural network algorithms, suchas Kanerva's associative memory,backpropagation and Kohonen's topology preserving map. They also haveaninteresting interpretation in terms of prototypes that are synthesized and optimally combined during the learning stage. The paper introduces several extensions and applications of the technique and discusses intriguing analogies with neurobiological data.