Nonlinear Mappings for Generative Kernels on Latent Variable Models

author: Manuele Bicego, University of Verona
published: Sept. 13, 2010,   recorded: August 2010,   views: 2775


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Generative kernels have emerged in the last years as an effective method for mixing discriminative and generative approaches. In particular, in this talk, we focus on kernels defined on generative models with latent variables (e.g. the states in a Hidden Markov Model). The basic idea underlying these kernels is to compare objects, via a inner product, in a feature space where the dimensions are related to the latent variables of the model. We show how to enhance these kernels via a nonlinear normalization of the space, namely a nonlinear mapping of space dimensions able to exploit their discriminative characteristics. We investigated three possible nonlinear mappings, for two HMMbased generative kernels, testing them in different sequence classification problems, with really promising results.

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