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Hilbertian Metrics and Positive Definite Kernels on Probability Measures


Technical Report


We investigate the problem of defining Hilbertian metrics resp. positive definite kernels on probability measures, continuing previous work. This type of kernels has shown very good results in text classification and has a wide range of possible applications. In this paper we extend the two-parameter family of Hilbertian metrics of Topsoe such that it now includes all commonly used Hilbertian metrics on probability measures. This allows us to do model selection among these metrics in an elegant and unified way. Second we investigate further our approach to incorporate similarity information of the probability space into the kernel. The analysis provides a better understanding of these kernels and gives in some cases a more efficient way to compute them. Finally we compare all proposed kernels in two text and one image classification problem.

Author(s): Hein, M. and Bousquet, O.
Number (issue): 126
Year: 2004
Month: July
Day: 0

Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Technical Report (techreport)

Institution: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany

Organization: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
School: Biologische Kybernetik

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  title = {Hilbertian Metrics and Positive Definite Kernels on Probability Measures},
  author = {Hein, M. and Bousquet, O.},
  number = {126},
  organization = {Max-Planck-Gesellschaft},
  institution = {Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, T{\"u}bingen, Germany},
  school = {Biologische Kybernetik},
  month = jul,
  year = {2004},
  month_numeric = {7}