Paper abstract

Metric Learning: A Support Vector Approach

Nam Nguyen - Cornell University, USA
Yunsong Guo - Cornell University, USA

Session: Similarity Based Methods
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In this paper, we address the metric learning problem utilizing a margin-based approach. Our metric learning problem is formulated as a quadratic semi-definite programming problem (QSDP) with local neighborhood constraints, which is based on the Support Vector Machine (SVM) framework. The local neighborhood constraints ensure that examples of the same class are separated from examples of different classes by a margin. In addition to providing an efficient algorithm to solve the metric learning problem, extensive experiments on various data sets show that our algorithm is able to produce a new distance metric to improve the performance of the classical K-nearest neighbor (KNN) algorithm on the classification task. Our performance is always competitive and often significantly better than other state-of-the-art metric learning algorithms.