Non-Local Manifold Parzen Windows

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 18 (NIPS 2005)

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Yoshua Bengio, Hugo Larochelle, Pascal Vincent


To escape from the curse of dimensionality, we claim that one can learn non-local functions, in the sense that the value and shape of the learned function at x must be inferred using examples that may be far from x. With this objective, we present a non-local non-parametric density esti- mator. It builds upon previously proposed Gaussian mixture models with regularized covariance matrices to take into account the local shape of the manifold. It also builds upon recent work on non-local estimators of the tangent plane of a manifold, which are able to generalize in places with little training data, unlike traditional, local, non-parametric models.