ECE662: Statistical Pattern Recognition and Decision Making Processes

Spring 2008, Prof. Boutin


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Lecture 14 Lecture notes

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Artificial Neural Networks

(Continued from Lecture 13)

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$ x_1 , \cdots , x_d $

$ J(\vec{w}) = \displaystyle \sum _{l=1} ^{d} \frac{||\vec{t}_l - \vec{z}_l ||^2} {2} $

Use gradient descent

$ \vec{w} (n+1)= \vec{w}(n) - \eta (n) \left( \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_1}, \cdots , \frac{\partial J }{\partial w_{last}}\right) $

for simplicity, assume d=1 To compute $ \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_i} $, use the chain rule.

For "hidden units to output units" weights $ w_{jk} $, pick $ j_{0}, k_{0} $

$ \displaystyle \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_{j_0 k_0}}=\displaystyle \frac{\partial J}{\partial z_{k_0}} \cdot \displaystyle \frac{\partial z_{k_0}}{\partial \displaystyle \sum _{j \rightarrow k_0} w_{j_0 k_0} y_{j}} \cdot \displaystyle \frac{\partial \displaystyle \sum _{j \rightarrow k_0} w_{j_0 k_0} y_{j}} {\partial w_{j_0 k_0}} $

$ \quad \qquad = \displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \sum_{k} \frac{1}{2}(t_k - z_k)^2}{\partial z_{k_0}} f' \left( \displaystyle \sum_{j \rightarrow k_{0}} w_{jk_0}y_{j} \right) y_{j0} $

$ \quad \qquad = -(t_{k0}-z_{k0})f' \left(\displaystyle \sum _{j \rightarrow k_0} w_{jk_0}y_{j} \right) y_{j0} $

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=> Update rule for weights between hidden units and output units

$ w_{jk}(n+1)=w_{jk}(n)- \eta (n) \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_{jk}} $

$ \quad \qquad = w_{jk} (n) + \eta (n) (t_k -z_k) f' \left( \displaystyle \sum _{j \rightarrow k} w_{jk}y_j \right) y_j $

For "input units to hidden units" weights $ w_{ij} $, pick $ i_{0},j_{0} $

$ \displaystyle \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_{i_0 j_0}}=\displaystyle \frac{\partial J}{\partial y_{j_0}} \cdot \displaystyle \frac{\partial y_{j_0}}{\partial \displaystyle \sum _{i \rightarrow j_0} w_{i j_0} x_{i}} \cdot \displaystyle \frac{\partial \displaystyle \sum _{i \rightarrow j_0} w_{ij_0 } x_{i}} {\partial w_{i_0 j_0}} $ $ \quad \qquad = \displaystyle \frac{\partial J}{\partial y_{j0}} f'_{j0} \left( \displaystyle \sum _{i \rightarrow j_0} w_{j0} x_i \right) x_{i0} $

$ \quad \qquad = \displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^{c}\frac{\partial J}{\partial z_k} \cdot \frac{\partial z_k}{\partial y_{j0}} \cdot f'_{j0} \left(\displaystyle \sum _{i \rightarrow j_0} w_{j0} x_i \right) x_{i0} $

$ \quad \qquad = - \displaystyle \sum _{k=1} ^{c} (t_k - z_k) {f'}_{k} \cdot {f'}_{j0} \cdot x_{i_0} $

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=> update rule for weights between input units to hidden units.

$ w_{ij}(n+1)=w_{ij}(n)- \eta (n) \frac{\partial J}{\partial w_{ij}} $

$ \quad \qquad = w_{jk}(n)+ \eta (n) \displaystyle \sum _k (t_k -z_k) f'_k \left( \displaystyle \sum _{j \rightarrow k} w_{jk} y_k \right) w_{jk} f'_j (\displaystyle \sum _{i \rightarrow j} w_{ij} x_i) x_i $

Non-Parametric Density Estimation

It is not a very accurate estimate of the density but we are more concerned with making the right decisions rather than estimating the density correctly.

We rely on the fact that

P=Probability{x belongs to R}

R is a region of feature space

$ \quad P=\int p(X)dX $

To estimate P :

$ \quad P=\int p(X)dX = p(x0)vol(R) $

if p(X) is continuous near xo and and R is small

The Idea behind this method is:

Draw samples at random X1,X2,....Xd

Divide the feature space into regions in |khh20|

$ {R}^{n} $

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For the sake of simplicity we can divide the region into cubes with side length h.

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Count how many samples fall into that region R

P=Prob(X is in R) = #of samples in R/d where d is total number of samples


$ \quad P=\int p(X)dX = p(x0)vol(R) $


p(x0) vol(R) = #of samples in R / d


p(x0)=#of samples in R/(d*vol(R))

To make $ \hat{p(x0)} $ converge to p(x0) we should

1) Fix the volume R and take a large number of samples

then #of samples in R/d goes to P

so goes to P/vol(R)

Problem : P/vol(R) is not p(x0)!

So we should also

2) Let vol(R) go to zero

Once again the problem is if we fix #of samples and let vol(R) ->0 then for most region #of samples =0! sp p(x0)=0!

So in 1-D we get a estimate which looks like spikes.

Consider a sequence of regions containing $ \vec{x0} $

{Ri}i belongs to N , x0 belongs to Ri for all i

and an infinite sequence of samples

X1,X2,.....={Xk} k is in the N

Construct set of samples Si={X1,X2.....Xi}

Pi=Probability that |khh23|

$ \vec{x} \epsilon Ri $

Vi=Volume of Ri

Ki=#of samples from Si falling in Ri


1) $ \lim_{i\rightarrow inf}=0 This ensures Pi/Vi converges to p(x0) $ 2) $ \lim_{i\rightarrow inf} Ki =inf $

3) $ \lim_{i\rightarrow inf} Ki/i =0 $

Techniques to build such sequences:

Parzen Window Method

pick Ri such that Vi= $ 1/\sqrt{i} $

Parzen windows classification is a technique for nonparametric density estimation, which can also be used for classification. Using a given kernel function, the technique approximates a given training set distribution via a linear combination of kernels centered on the observed points. In this work, we separately approximate densities for each of the two classes, and we assign a test point to the class with maximal posterior probability.

The resulting algorithm is extremely simple and closely related to support vector machines. The Parzen windows classification algorithm does not require any training phase; however, the lack of sparseness makes the test phase quite slow. Furthermore, although asymptotical convergence guarantees on the perfomance of Parzen windows classifiers exist, no such guarantees exist for finite sample sizes.

Parzen windows can be regarded as a generalization of k-nearest neighbor techniques. Rather than choosing the k nearest neighbors of a test point and labelling the test point with the weighted majority of its neighbors' votes, one can consider all points in the voting scheme and assign their weight by means of the kernel function. With Gaussian kernels, the weight decreases exponentially with the square of the distance, so far away points are practically irrelevant. The width $\sigma$ of the Guassian determines the relative weighting of near and far points. Tuning this parameter controls the predictive power of the system. We have empirically optimized the value.

Examples of Parzen Windows

The parzen window is defined by |parzen_window| $ \delta\left(\mathbf{x}\right)=\frac{1}{V}\varphi\left(\frac{\mathbf{x}}{h}\right) $

where |V|

$ V=h^d $

d is the number of dimensions.

The values of 'h' parameter are chosen to be 1, 0.5 and 0.2.

d is chosen to be 2.

Two dimensional circularly symmetric normal Parzen Window
Two dimensional square Parzan Window

K-Nearest Neighbors Method

Pick Ri so that Ki= $ \sqrt{i} $

The k-nearest neighbor algorithm is amongst the simplest of all machine learning algorithms. An object is classified by a majority vote of its neighbors, with the object being assigned to the class most common amongst its k nearest neighbors. k is a positive integer, typically small. If k = 1, then the object is simply assigned to the class of its nearest neighbor. In binary (two class) classification problems, it is helpful to choose k to be an odd number as this avoids tied votes.

The naive version of the algorithm is easy to implement by computing the distances from the test sample to all stored vectors, but it is computationally intensive, especially when the size of the training set grows. Many nearest neighbor search algorithms have been proposed over the years; these generally seek to reduce the number of distance evaluations actually performed. The nearest neighbor algorithm has some strong consistency results. As the amount of data approaches infinity, the algorithm is guaranteed to yield an error rate no worse than twice the Bayes error rate (the minimum achievable error rate given the distribution of the data). k-nearest neighbor is guaranteed to approach the Bayes error rate, for some value of k (where k increases as a function of the number of data points).

Here is a link to a k-Nearest Neighbor demo using a Java applet:

Visual Comparison (for Parzen Windows):

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Visual Comparions between Parzen Winows & K-Nearest Neighbor:

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Parametric v.s. Nonparametric Methods

Parametric Model & Non-parametric Model

It's worth to note that it's not one hundred percent right when we say that non-parametric methods are "model-free" or free of distribution assumptions. Take nearest neighbor for example, some kind of distance measure has to be used to identifying the "nearest" neighbor. Although the method didn't assume a specific distribution, the distance measure is distribution-related in some sense. (Euclidean and Mahalanobis distances are closely related to multivariate Gaussian distribution.) Compared to parametric methods, non-parametric ones only "vaguely" or "remotely" related to specific distributions and, therefore, are a lot flexible and less sensitive to violation of distribution assumptions.

Another characteristic found to be helpful in discriminating the two is that: the number of parameters in parametric models is fixed a priori and independent of the size of the dataset, while the number of statistics used for non-parametric models are usually dependent on the size of the dataset (e.g. more statistics for larger datasets)

Advantages of Non-parametric Estimation Methods

  • Same procedure can be used for unimodal normal and bimodal mixture.
  • We do not need to make assumption about the distribution ahead of time.
  • With enough samples, we are assured of convergence to an arbitrarily complicated target density

Disadvantages of Non-parametric Estimation Methods

  • The cardinality of the sample set should be very large (much larger than the cardinality when the form of density is known) .
  • Very high computation time and huge storage required.
  • Curse of dimensionality (see [Curse of Dimensionality])
  • These methods are very sensitive to the choice of the window size (If too small, most of the volume will be empty, and the estimate will be erratic, if too large: important variations may be lost due to averaging.)
  • It may be the case that a cell volume appropriate for one region of the feature space might be entirely unsuitable in a different region.

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