Support Vector Machine (SVM) Training Algorithm

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A Support Vector Machine (SVM) Training Algorithm is a kernel-based supervised learning algorithm that can produce a support vector-based predictive model.



  • (Wikipedia, 2018) ⇒ Retrieved:2018-4-8.
    • In machine learning, support vector machines (SVMs, also support vector networks[1]) are supervised learning models with associated learning algorithms that analyze data used for classification and regression analysis. Given a set of training examples, each marked as belonging to one or the other of two categories, an SVM training algorithm builds a model that assigns new examples to one category or the other, making it a non-probabilistic binary linear classifier (although methods such as Platt scaling exist to use SVM in a probabilistic classification setting). An SVM model is a representation of the examples as points in space, mapped so that the examples of the separate categories are divided by a clear gap that is as wide as possible. New examples are then mapped into that same space and predicted to belong to a category based on which side of the gap they fall.

      In addition to performing linear classification, SVMs can efficiently perform a non-linear classification using what is called the kernel trick, implicitly mapping their inputs into high-dimensional feature spaces.

      When data are not labeled, supervised learning is not possible, and an unsupervised learning approach is required, which attempts to find natural clustering of the data to groups, and then map new data to these formed groups. The support vector clustering[2] algorithm created by Hava Siegelmann and Vladimir Vapnik, applies the statistics of support vectors, developed in the support vector machines algorithm, to categorize unlabeled data, and is one of the most widely used clustering algorithms in industrial applications.






  • (Hastie et al., 2004) ⇒ Trevor Hastie, Saharon Rosset, Robert Tibshirani, and Ji Zhu. (2004). “The Entire Regularization Path for the Support Vector Machine.” In: The Journal of Machine Learning Research, 5.
    • The support vector machine (SVM) is a widely used tool for classification. Many efficient implementations exist for fitting a two-class SVM model. The user has to supply values for the tuning parameters: the regularization cost parameter, and the kernel parameters. It seems a common practice is to use a default value for the cost parameter, often leading to the least restrictive model. In this paper we argue that the choice of the cost parameter can be critical. We then derive an algorithm that can fit the entire path of SVM solutions for every value of the cost parameter, with essentially the same computational cost as fitting one SVM model.










  • (Vapnik & Chervonenkis, 1971) ⇒ Vladimir N. Vapnik, and A. Chervonenkis. (1971). “On the Uniform Convergence of Relative Frequencies of Events to Their Probabilities.” Theory of Probability and Its Applications.

  1. Cortes, Corinna; Vapnik, Vladimir N. (1995). “Support-vector networks". Machine Learning. 20 (3): 273–297. doi:10.1007/BF00994018.
  2. Ben-Hur, Asa; Horn, David; Siegelmann, Hava; and Vapnik, Vladimir N.; "Support vector clustering"; (2001); Journal of Machine Learning Research, 2: 125–137