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Kernel Discriminant Learning for Ordinal Regression

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5 Author(s)
Bing-Yu Sun ; Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei ; Jiuyong Li ; Desheng Dash Wu ; Xiao-Ming Zhang
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Ordinal regression has wide applications in many domains where the human evaluation plays a major role. Most current ordinal regression methods are based on Support Vector Machines (SVM) and suffer from the problems of ignoring the global information of the data and the high computational complexity. Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and its kernel version, Kernel Discriminant Analysis (KDA), take into consideration the global information of the data together with the distribution of the classes for classification, but they have not been utilized for ordinal regression yet. In this paper, we propose a novel regression method by extending the Kernel Discriminant Learning using a rank constraint. The proposed algorithm is very efficient since the computational complexity is significantly lower than other ordinal regression methods. We demonstrate experimentally that the proposed method is capable of preserving the rank of data classes in a projected data space. In comparison to other benchmark ordinal regression methods, the proposed method is competitive in accuracy.

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IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 6 )