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From: Johan Suykens
Date: 29 Nov 2002
Subject: LS-SVMs: book announcement

We are glad to announce the publication of a new book

J.A.K. Suykens, T. Van Gestel, J. De Brabanter, B. De Moor, J. Vandewalle, Least Squares Support Vector Machines,
World Scientific Pub. Co., Singapore, 2002 (ISBN 981-238-151-1)

This book focuses on Least Squares Support Vector Machines (LS-SVMs) which are reformulations to standard SVMs. LS-SVMs are closely related to regularization networks and Gaussian processes but additionally emphasize and exploit primal-dual interpretations from optimization theory. The authors explain the natural links between LS-SVM classifiers and kernel Fisher discriminant analysis. Bayesian inference of LS-SVM models is discussed, together with methods for imposing sparseness and employing robust statistics.

The framework is further extended towards unsupervised learning by considering PCA analysis and its kernel version as a one-class modelling problem. This leads to new primal-dual support vector machine formulations for kernel PCA and kernel CCA analysis. Furthermore, LS-SVM formulations are given for recurrent networks and control. In general, support vector machines may pose heavy computational challenges for large data sets. For this purpose, a method of fixed size LS-SVM is proposed where the estimation is done in the primal space in relation to a Nyström sampling with active selection of support vectors. The methods are illustrated with several examples.


  • Introduction
  • Support vector machines
  • Least squares support vector machines, links with Gaussian processes, regularization networks, and kernel FDA
  • Bayesian inference for LS-SVM models
  • Weighted versions and robust statistics
  • Large scale problems: Nystrom sampling, reduced set methods, basis formation and Fixed size LS-SVM
  • LS-SVM for unsupervised learning: support vector machines formulations for kernel PCA. Related methods of kernel CCA.
  • LS-SVM for recurrent networks and control
  • Illustrations and applications
Readership: Graduate students and researchers in neural networks; machine learning; data-mining; signal processing; circuit, systems and control theory; pattern recognition; and statistics.

Info: 308pp., Publication date: Nov. 2002, ISBN 981-238-151-1
US$58 / 39
Order information: World Scientific
www.wspc.com/books/compsci/5089.html www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/sista/lssvmlab/book.html

Freely available LS-SVMlab software
http://www.esat.kuleuven.ac.be/sista/lssvmlab/ under GNU General Public License

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