NCA< MetricType, OptimizerType > Class Template Reference

An implementation of Neighborhood Components Analysis, both a linear dimensionality reduction technique and a distance learning technique. More...

Public Member Functions

 NCA (const arma::mat &dataset, const arma::Row< size_t > &labels, MetricType metric=MetricType())
 Construct the Neighborhood Components Analysis object. More...

const arma::mat & Dataset () const
 Get the dataset reference. More...

const arma::Row< size_t > & Labels () const
 Get the labels reference. More...

template<typename... CallbackTypes>
void LearnDistance (arma::mat &outputMatrix, CallbackTypes &&... callbacks)
 Perform Neighborhood Components Analysis. More...

const OptimizerType & Optimizer () const
 Get the optimizer. More...

OptimizerType & Optimizer ()

Detailed Description


class mlpack::nca::NCA< MetricType, OptimizerType >

An implementation of Neighborhood Components Analysis, both a linear dimensionality reduction technique and a distance learning technique.

The method seeks to improve k-nearest-neighbor classification on a dataset by scaling the dimensions. The method is nonparametric, and does not require a value of k. It works by using stochastic ("soft") neighbor assignments and using optimization techniques over the gradient of the accuracy of the neighbor assignments.

For more details, see the following published paper:

author = {Goldberger, Jacob and Roweis, Sam and Hinton, Geoff and
Salakhutdinov, Ruslan},
booktitle = {Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 17},
pages = {513--520},
publisher = {MIT Press},
title = {{Neighbourhood Components Analysis}},
year = {2004}

Definition at line 49 of file nca.hpp.

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

◆ NCA()

NCA ( const arma::mat &  dataset,
const arma::Row< size_t > &  labels,
MetricType  metric = MetricType() 

Construct the Neighborhood Components Analysis object.

This simply stores the reference to the dataset and labels as well as the parameters for optimization before the actual optimization is performed.

datasetInput dataset.
labelsInput dataset labels.
metricInstantiated metric to use.

Member Function Documentation

◆ Dataset()

const arma::mat& Dataset ( ) const

Get the dataset reference.

Definition at line 81 of file nca.hpp.

◆ Labels()

const arma::Row<size_t>& Labels ( ) const

Get the labels reference.

Definition at line 83 of file nca.hpp.

◆ LearnDistance()

void LearnDistance ( arma::mat &  outputMatrix,
CallbackTypes &&...  callbacks 

Perform Neighborhood Components Analysis.

The output distance learning matrix is written into the passed reference. If LearnDistance() is called with an outputMatrix which has the correct size (dataset.n_rows x dataset.n_rows), that matrix will be used as the starting point for optimization.

Template Parameters
CallbackTypesTypes of Callback functions.
outputMatrixCovariance matrix of Mahalanobis distance.
callbacksCallback function for ensmallen optimizer OptimizerType. See

◆ Optimizer() [1/2]

const OptimizerType& Optimizer ( ) const

Get the optimizer.

Definition at line 86 of file nca.hpp.

◆ Optimizer() [2/2]

OptimizerType& Optimizer ( )

Definition at line 87 of file nca.hpp.

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