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ReLU Code Space: A Basis for Rating Network Quality Besides Accuracy Machine Learning

We propose a new metric space of ReLU activation codes equipped with a truncated Hamming distance which establishes an isometry between its elements and polyhedral bodies in the input space which have recently been shown to be strongly related to safety, robustness, and confidence. This isometry allows the efficient computation of adjacency relations between the polyhedral bodies. Experiments on MNIST and CIFAR-10 indicate that information besides accuracy might be stored in the code space.

PageRank and The K-Means Clustering Algorithm Machine Learning

We introduce a graph clustering algorithm that generalizes $k$-means to graphs. Our method utilizes PageRank measures on graphs to quickly and robustly compute centrality of nodes in a given graph. Furthermore, we show how our method can be generalized to metric spaces and apply it to other domains such as point clouds and triangulated meshes.

Stable and consistent density-based clustering Machine Learning

We present a consistent approach to density-based clustering, which satisfies a stability theorem that holds without any distributional assumptions. We also show that the algorithm can be combined with standard procedures to extract a flat clustering from a hierarchical clustering, and that the resulting flat clustering algorithms satisfy stability theorems. The algorithms and proofs are inspired by topological data analysis.

A learning problem whose consistency is equivalent to the non-existence of real-valued measurable cardinals Machine Learning

We show that the $k$-nearest neighbour learning rule is universally consistent in a metric space $X$ if and only if it is universally consistent in every separable subspace of $X$ and the density of $X$ is less than every real-measurable cardinal. In particular, the $k$-NN classifier is universally consistent in every metric space whose separable subspaces are sigma-finite dimensional in the sense of Nagata and Preiss if and only if there are no real-valued measurable cardinals. The latter assumption is relatively consistent with ZFC, however the consistency of the existence of such cardinals cannot be proved within ZFC. Our results were inspired by an example sketched by C\'erou and Guyader in 2006 at an intuitive level of rigour.

Resolving the Optimal Metric Distortion Conjecture Artificial Intelligence

We study the following metric distortion problem: there are two finite sets of points, V and C, that lie in the same metric space, and our goal is to choose a point in C whose total distance from the points in V is as small as possible. However, rather than having access to the underlying distance metric, we only know, for each point in V , a ranking of its distances to the points in C. We propose algorithms that choose a point in C using only these rankings as input and we provide bounds on their distortion (worst-case approximation ratio). A prominent motivation for this problem comes from voting theory, where V represents a set of voters, C represents a set of candidates, and the rankings correspond to ordinal preferences of the voters. A major conjecture in this framework is that the optimal deterministic algorithm has distortion 3. We resolve this conjecture by providing a polynomial-time algorithm that achieves distortion 3, matching a known lower bound. We do so by proving a novel lemma about matching rankings of candidates to candidates, which we refer to as the ranking-matching lemma. This lemma induces a family of novel algorithms, which may be of independent interest, and we show that a special algorithm in this family achieves distortion 3. We also provide more refined, parameterized, bounds using the notion of {\alpha}-decisiveness, which quantifies the extent to which a voter may prefer her top choice relative to all others. Finally, we introduce a new randomized algorithm with improved distortion compared to known results, and also provide improved lower bounds on the distortion of all deterministic and randomized algorithms.

Bounding the expectation of the supremum of empirical processes indexed by H\"older classes Machine Learning

We obtain upper bounds on the expectation of the supremum of empirical processes indexed by H\"older classes of any smoothness and for any distribution supported on a bounded set. Another way to see it is from the point of view of integral probability metrics (IPM), a class of metrics on the space of probability measures: our rates quantify how quickly the empirical measure obtained from $n$ independent samples from a probability measure $P$ approaches $P$ with respect to the IPM indexed by H\"older classes. As an extremal case we recover the known rates for the Wassertein-1 distance.

Nonparametric Contextual Bandits in Metric Spaces with Unknown Metric

Neural Information Processing Systems

Suppose that there is a large set of arms, yet there is a simple but unknown structure amongst the arm reward functions, e.g. We present a novel algorithm which learns data-driven similarities amongst the arms, in order to implement adaptive partitioning of the context-arm space for more efficient learning. We provide regret bounds along with simulations that highlight the algorithm's dependence on the local geometry of the reward functions. Papers published at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference.

Beyond Vector Spaces: Compact Data Representation as Differentiable Weighted Graphs

Neural Information Processing Systems

Learning useful representations is a key ingredient to the success of modern machine learning. Currently, representation learning mostly relies on embedding data into Euclidean space. However, recent work has shown that data in some domains is better modeled by non-euclidean metric spaces, and inappropriate geometry can result in inferior performance. In this paper, we aim to eliminate the inductive bias imposed by the embedding space geometry. Namely, we propose to map data into more general non-vector metric spaces: a weighted graph with a shortest path distance.

Sets Clustering Machine Learning

The input to the \emph{sets-$k$-means} problem is an integer $k\geq 1$ and a set $\mathcal{P}=\{P_1,\cdots,P_n\}$ of sets in $\mathbb{R}^d$. The goal is to compute a set $C$ of $k$ centers (points) in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that minimizes the sum $\sum_{P\in \mathcal{P}} \min_{p\in P, c\in C}\left\| p-c \right\|^2$ of squared distances to these sets. An \emph{$\varepsilon$-core-set} for this problem is a weighted subset of $\mathcal{P}$ that approximates this sum up to $1\pm\varepsilon$ factor, for \emph{every} set $C$ of $k$ centers in $\mathbb{R}^d$. We prove that such a core-set of $O(\log^2{n})$ sets always exists, and can be computed in $O(n\log{n})$ time, for every input $\mathcal{P}$ and every fixed $d,k\geq 1$ and $\varepsilon \in (0,1)$. The result easily generalized for any metric space, distances to the power of $z>0$, and M-estimators that handle outliers. Applying an inefficient but optimal algorithm on this coreset allows us to obtain the first PTAS ($1+\varepsilon$ approximation) for the sets-$k$-means problem that takes time near linear in $n$. This is the first result even for sets-mean on the plane ($k=1$, $d=2$). Open source code and experimental results for document classification and facility locations are also provided.

Universal consistency of the $k$-NN rule in metric spaces and Nagata dimension Machine Learning

The $k$ nearest neighbour learning rule (under the uniform distance tie breaking) is universally consistent in every metric space $X$ that is sigma-finite dimensional in the sense of Nagata. This was pointed out by C\'erou and Guyader (2006) as a consequence of the main result by those authors, combined with a theorem in real analysis sketched by D. Preiss (1971) (and elaborated in detail by Assouad and Quentin de Gromard (2006)). We show that it is possible to give a direct proof along the same lines as the original theorem of Charles J. Stone (1977) about the universal consistency of the $k$-NN classifier in the finite dimensional Euclidean space. The generalization is non-trivial because of the distance ties being more prevalent in the non-euclidean setting, and on the way we investigate the relevant geometric properties of the metrics and the limitations of the Stone argument, by constructing various examples.