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Large Scale Multiple Kernel Learning


Rätsch,  G
Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Max Planck Society;


Schölkopf,  B
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Sonnenburg, S., Rätsch, G., Schäfer, C., & Schölkopf, B. (2006). Large Scale Multiple Kernel Learning. The Journal of Machine Learning Research, 7, 1531-1565.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-D0DD-7
While classical kernel-based learning algorithms are based on a single kernel, in practice it is often desirable to use multiple kernels. Lanckriet et al. (2004) considered conic combinations of kernel matrices for classification, leading to a convex quadratically constrained quadratic program. We
show that it can be rewritten as a semi-infinite linear program that can be efficiently solved by recycling the standard SVM implementations. Moreover, we generalize the formulation and our method to a larger class of problems, including regression and one-class classification. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm works for hundred thousands of examples or hundreds of
kernels to be combined, and helps for automatic model selection, improving the interpretability of
the learning result. In a second part we discuss general speed up mechanism for SVMs, especially
when used with sparse feature maps as appear for string kernels, allowing us to train a string kernel
SVM on a 10 million real-world splice data set from computational biology. We integrated multiple kernel learning in our machine learning toolbox SHOGUN for which the source code is publicly
available at http://www.fml.tuebingen.mpg.de/raetsch/projects/shogun.