Questions tagged [rbf-kernel]

The RBF kernel, i.e., radial-basis-function kernel, occurs in the context of kernel methods in machine learning.

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Why are random Fourier features efficient?

I am trying to understand Random Features for Large-Scale Kernel Machines. In particular, I don't follow the following logic: kernel methods can be viewed as optimizing the coefficients in a weighted ...
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Does Mercer's theorem work in reverse?

A colleague has a function $s$ and for our purposes it is a black-box. The function measures the similarity $s(a,b)$ of two objects. We know for sure that $s$ has these properties: The similarity ...
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Regularized linear vs. RKHS-regression

I'm studying the difference between regularization in RKHS regression and linear regression, but I have a hard time grasping the crucial difference between the two. Given input-output pairs $(x_i,y_i)...
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Convergence of the Matérn covariance function to the squared exponential

The Matérn covariance function converges to the squared exponential covariance function. Many sources, amongst them the GPML book and Wikipedia, state this result. None of them provide details. I ...
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RBF kernel mapping

I was reading that the Gaussian/RBF kernel maps its input onto the surface of normalized hypersphere. Our RBF kernel given by: $k(x,z) = exp(\frac{- ||x-z||^2}{2\sigma^2})$ Can anyone explain why ...