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Kernel PCA

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Non-linear dimension reduction using kernel PCA.

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This technique takes advantage of the kernel trick that can be used in PCA. This is a tutorial only and is slow for large data sets.
In line 30 the kernel can be changed. Any Kernel should do it.
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Not enough input arguments.

Error in kernelpca_tutorial (line 17)
if num_dim > size(data_in,1)


Ali Algomae

Dear expert,
i want to ask i used this package to do reduction for (140*70112) the output is(140*139)
my question is it necessary that the values in(140*139) are the same values in(140*70112) or not?

Rui Fairy

can you give me some trainning sets?

i tried this code for my data set of size 400x2048.2048 dimensions and 400 observations.the results were not code.won't it work for large data?what should i do for best solution.i have to reduce my data to 220 dimensions.any help please..


sailer (view profile)


Jack Sparrow

Thank you for this program. it really help me a lot to design my algorithm.


Ivo (view profile)

I agree with Enriques corrections. But Line 61 should be as follows:
eigvec(:,i) = sqrt(1/(eigval(i)*(eigvec(:,i)'*eigvec(:,i))))*eigvec(:,i);


NN (view profile)


the data base have the attributs and classe ?what is the form of the database to use


chen (view profile)

Thank you for your file,it's great!




I think there are some mistake in this implementation, the last step the feature vector feature dimension reduction procedure is incorrect, since you can not do it in this way. If you do it in this way, how can you tell the difference between PCA and KPCA. we should do it by using inner product form.

I am unable to run the algorithm for large data set. I am working on hyperspectral image of size 191x370856. What can I do and what is the best solution.


Sorry Enrique I don't understand your second point. Surely it doesn't matter whether you normalize just the non-zero eigenvalues or all of the eigenvalues since the non-zero eigenvalues won't change the projections? Have I missed something? Thanks.


rem (view profile)

I used this code for face recognition, i chosed Gaussian kernel and ploynominal kernel, but i have not seen any improvement over Eigenface.

Weizhi Li


Sanjay (view profile)

I used your algorithm and works fine, i have taken the entire data that is 5x3000 and after simulation i got new data, can i use this new data for Support vector regression.

please advise

Thank you for a great submission Ambarish, helped a lot to figure out Schölkopf's "Nonlinear Component Analysis as a Kernel Eigenvalue

And thank for dear comments Enrique, I have thought alot about 1) and 2) as well but was afraid I was the one mistaken as you often are when learning new stuff.

Thanks a bunch you two!

Sorry about my last two blank comments. Mouse double-click errors.

Very nice code! However I have a couple of subtle comments:

1) When you center the Kernel matrix be sure to divide the "ones" matrix by the number of samples i.e.
Line 43: one_mat = ones(size(K));
should read
Line 43: one_mat = ones(size(K))./size(data_in,2);

2) Eigenvector normalization implies dividing each of the columns of the eigenvector matrix by the sqrt of its corresponding eigenvalue. Do so by substituting:
Line 61: eigvec(:,col) = eigvec(:,col)./(sqrt(eig_val(col,col)));
to read
Line 61: eigvec(:,col) = eigvec(:,col)./(sqrt(eigval(col,col)));

3) Also, if you must do eigenvalue sorting, be careful to use only the diagonal of the "Lambda" matrix and not the whole matrix. Use:

Line 63: [dummy, index] = sort(diag(eigval),'descend');
instead of
Line 63: [dummy, index] = sort(eig_val,'descend');

You can also see "Learning with Kernels" by B. Scholkopf and A. Smola, Section 14.2 (particularly eqs 14.14 and 14.17). Hope this is helpful.

Ambarish Jash

Ambarish Jash (view profile)

Lexander try [aa,index] = sort(eig_val,'descend');
clear aa
% May be you cannot ignore the output from sort.

I use Matlab 2008 (7.6) and there is error at this line:
[~, index] = sort(eig_val,'descend');
Expression or statement is incorrect--possibly unbalanced (, {, or [.

How could I fix that?

Good example!

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