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Optimal Learning Rates for Kernel Conjugate Gradient Regularization
Gilles Blanchard and Nicole Krämer
In: NIPS 2010, 6-9 Dec 2010, Vanouver, Canada.


We prove rates of convergence in the statistical sense for kernel-based least squares regression using a conjugate gradient algorithm, where regularization against overfitting is obtained by early stopping. This method is directly related to Kernel Partial Least Squares, a regression method that combines supervised dimensionality reduction with least squares projection. The rates depend on two key quantities: first, on the regularity of the target regression function and second, on the intrinsic dimensionality of the data mapped into the kernel space. Lower bounds on attainable rates depending on these two quantities were established in earlier literature, and we obtain upper bounds for the considered method that match these lower bounds (up to a log factor) if the true regression function belongs to the reproducing kernel Hilbert space. If this assumption is not fulfilled, we obtain similar convergence rates provided additional unlabeled data are available. The order of the learning rates match state-of-the-art results that were recently obtained for least squares support vector machines and for linear regularization operators.

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EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This is the ArXiV version, including supplemental material in the Annex (not published in the NIPS proceedings)
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Subjects:Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:5894
Deposited By:Gilles Blanchard
Deposited On:17 March 2011