Simultaneous classifier design and feature selection for pattern recognition in biotechnology

co-sponsored by the Computational Intelligence society

Dr. Richard Weber

Ingenieria Industrial - Universidad de Chile

Wednesday September 26, 2012

Seminar: 15:30 - 17:00

Mackenzie Building Room 3356, Carleton University

Admission is free


We introduce an embedded method for feature selection that simultaneously selects relevant features during classifier construction by penalizing each feature’s use in the dual formulation of support vector machines (SVM). This approach called kernel-penalized SVM (KP-SVM) optimizes the particular Kernel function eliminating features that have low relevance for the classifier. Additionally, KP-SVM employs an explicit stopping condition, avoiding the elimination of features that would negatively affect the classifier’s performance. We performed experiments on four real-world benchmark problems comparing our approach with well-known feature selection techniques. KP-SVM outperformed the alternative approaches and determined consistently fewer relevant features.

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