2.5. Decomposing signals in components (matrix factorization problems)¶
2.5.1. Principal component analysis (PCA)¶
126.96.36.199. Exact PCA and probabilistic interpretation¶
PCA is used to decompose a multivariate dataset in a set of successive
orthogonal components that explain a maximum amount of the variance. In
PCA is implemented as a transformer object
that learns components in its
fit method, and can be used on new
data to project it on these components.
The optional parameter
whiten=True parameter make it possible to
project the data onto the singular space while scaling each component
to unit variance. This is often useful if the models down-stream make
strong assumptions on the isotropy of the signal: this is for example
the case for Support Vector Machines with the RBF kernel and the K-Means
Below is an example of the iris dataset, which is comprised of 4 features, projected on the 2 dimensions that explain most variance:
PCA object also provides a
probabilistic interpretation of the PCA that can give a likelihood of
data based on the amount of variance it explains. As such it implements a
score method that can be used in cross-validation:
188.8.131.52. Incremental PCA¶
PCA object is very useful, but has certain limitations for
large datasets. The biggest limitation is that
PCA only supports
batch processing, which means all of the data to be processed must fit in main
IncrementalPCA object uses a different form of
processing and allows for partial computations which almost
exactly match the results of
PCA while processing the data in a
IncrementalPCA makes it possible to implement
out-of-core Principal Component Analysis either by:
- Using its
partial_fitmethod on chunks of data fetched sequentially from the local hard drive or a network database.
- Calling its fit method on a memory mapped file using
IncrementalPCA only stores estimates of component and noise variances,
in order update
explained_variance_ratio_ incrementally. This is why
memory usage depends on the number of samples per batch, rather than the
number of samples to be processed in the dataset.
184.108.40.206. Approximate PCA¶
It is often interesting to project data to a lower-dimensional space that preserves most of the variance, by dropping the singular vector of components associated with lower singular values.
For instance, if we work with 64x64 pixel gray-level pictures for face recognition, the dimensionality of the data is 4096 and it is slow to train an RBF support vector machine on such wide data. Furthermore we know that the intrinsic dimensionality of the data is much lower than 4096 since all pictures of human faces look somewhat alike. The samples lie on a manifold of much lower dimension (say around 200 for instance). The PCA algorithm can be used to linearly transform the data while both reducing the dimensionality and preserve most of the explained variance at the same time.
RandomizedPCA is very useful in that case: since we
are going to drop most of the singular vectors it is much more efficient
to limit the computation to an approximated estimate of the singular
vectors we will keep to actually perform the transform.
For instance, the following shows 16 sample portraits (centered around 0.0) from the Olivetti dataset. On the right hand side are the first 16 singular vectors reshaped as portraits. Since we only require the top 16 singular vectors of a dataset with size and , the computation time it less than 1s:
The memory footprint of
RandomizedPCA is also proportional to
instead of for the exact method.
Note: the implementation of
is not the exact inverse transform of
transform even when
220.127.116.11. Kernel PCA¶
KernelPCA is an extension of PCA which achieves non-linear
dimensionality reduction through the use of kernels (see Pairwise metrics, Affinities and Kernels). It
has many applications including denoising, compression and structured
prediction (kernel dependency estimation).
KernelPCA supports both
18.104.22.168. Sparse principal components analysis (SparsePCA and MiniBatchSparsePCA)¶
SparsePCA is a variant of PCA, with the goal of extracting the
set of sparse components that best reconstruct the data.
Mini-batch sparse PCA (
MiniBatchSparsePCA) is a variant of
SparsePCA that is faster but less accurate. The increased speed is
reached by iterating over small chunks of the set of features, for a given
number of iterations.
Principal component analysis (
PCA) has the disadvantage that the
components extracted by this method have exclusively dense expressions, i.e.
they have non-zero coefficients when expressed as linear combinations of the
original variables. This can make interpretation difficult. In many cases,
the real underlying components can be more naturally imagined as sparse
vectors; for example in face recognition, components might naturally map to
parts of faces.
Sparse principal components yields a more parsimonious, interpretable representation, clearly emphasizing which of the original features contribute to the differences between samples.
The following example illustrates 16 components extracted using sparse PCA from the Olivetti faces dataset. It can be seen how the regularization term induces many zeros. Furthermore, the natural structure of the data causes the non-zero coefficients to be vertically adjacent. The model does not enforce this mathematically: each component is a vector , and there is no notion of vertical adjacency except during the human-friendly visualization as 64x64 pixel images. The fact that the components shown below appear local is the effect of the inherent structure of the data, which makes such local patterns minimize reconstruction error. There exist sparsity-inducing norms that take into account adjacency and different kinds of structure; see [Jen09] for a review of such methods. For more details on how to use Sparse PCA, see the Examples section, below.
Note that there are many different formulations for the Sparse PCA problem. The one implemented here is based on [Mrl09] . The optimization problem solved is a PCA problem (dictionary learning) with an penalty on the components:
The sparsity-inducing norm also prevents learning
components from noise when few training samples are available. The degree
of penalization (and thus sparsity) can be adjusted through the
alpha. Small values lead to a gently regularized
factorization, while larger values shrink many coefficients to zero.
While in the spirit of an online algorithm, the class
MiniBatchSparsePCA does not implement
the algorithm is online along the features direction, not the samples
2.5.2. Truncated singular value decomposition and latent semantic analysis¶
TruncatedSVD implements a variant of singular value decomposition
(SVD) that only computes the largest singular values,
where is a user-specified parameter.
When truncated SVD is applied to term-document matrices
(as returned by
this transformation is known as
latent semantic analysis
(LSA), because it transforms such matrices
to a “semantic” space of low dimensionality.
In particular, LSA is known to combat the effects of synonymy and polysemy
(both of which roughly mean there are multiple meanings per word),
which cause term-document matrices to be overly sparse
and exhibit poor similarity under measures such as cosine similarity.
LSA is also known as latent semantic indexing, LSI, though strictly that refers to its use in persistent indexes for information retrieval purposes.
Mathematically, truncated SVD applied to training samples produces a low-rank approximation :
After this operation,
is the transformed training set with features
n_components in the API).
To also transform a test set , we multiply it with :
Most treatments of LSA in the natural language processing (NLP)
and information retrieval (IR) literature
swap the axis of the matrix so that it has shape
We present LSA in a different way that matches the scikit-learn API better,
but the singular values found are the same.
TruncatedSVD is very similar to
PCA, but differs
in that it works on sample matrices directly
instead of their covariance matrices.
When the columnwise (per-feature) means of
are subtracted from the feature values,
truncated SVD on the resulting matrix is equivalent to PCA.
In practical terms, this means
TruncatedSVD transformer accepts
matrices without the need to densify them,
as densifying may fill up memory even for medium-sized document collections.
works with any (sparse) feature matrix,
using it on tf–idf matrices is recommended over raw frequency counts
in an LSA/document processing setting.
In particular, sublinear scaling and inverse document frequency
should be turned on (
to bring the feature values closer to a Gaussian distribution,
compensating for LSA’s erroneous assumptions about textual data.
- Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan and Hinrich Schütze (2008), Introduction to Information Retrieval, Cambridge University Press, chapter 18: Matrix decompositions & latent semantic indexing
2.5.3. Dictionary Learning¶
22.214.171.124. Sparse coding with a precomputed dictionary¶
SparseCoder object is an estimator that can be used to transform signals
into sparse linear combination of atoms from a fixed, precomputed dictionary
such as a discrete wavelet basis. This object therefore does not
fit method. The transformation amounts
to a sparse coding problem: finding a representation of the data as a linear
combination of as few dictionary atoms as possible. All variations of
dictionary learning implement the following transform methods, controllable via
transform_method initialization parameter:
- Orthogonal matching pursuit (Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (OMP))
- Least-angle regression (Least Angle Regression)
- Lasso computed by least-angle regression
- Lasso using coordinate descent (Lasso)
Thresholding is very fast but it does not yield accurate reconstructions. They have been shown useful in literature for classification tasks. For image reconstruction tasks, orthogonal matching pursuit yields the most accurate, unbiased reconstruction.
The dictionary learning objects offer, via the
split_code parameter, the
possibility to separate the positive and negative values in the results of
sparse coding. This is useful when dictionary learning is used for extracting
features that will be used for supervised learning, because it allows the
learning algorithm to assign different weights to negative loadings of a
particular atom, from to the corresponding positive loading.
The split code for a single sample has length
2 * n_components
and is constructed using the following rule: First, the regular code of length
n_components is computed. Then, the first
n_components entries of the
filled with the positive part of the regular code vector. The second half of
the split code is filled with the negative part of the code vector, only with
a positive sign. Therefore, the split_code is non-negative.
126.96.36.199. Generic dictionary learning¶
Dictionary learning (
DictionaryLearning) is a matrix factorization
problem that amounts to finding a (usually overcomplete) dictionary that will
perform good at sparsely encoding the fitted data.
Representing data as sparse combinations of atoms from an overcomplete dictionary is suggested to be the way the mammal primary visual cortex works. Consequently, dictionary learning applied on image patches has been shown to give good results in image processing tasks such as image completion, inpainting and denoising, as well as for supervised recognition tasks.
Dictionary learning is an optimization problem solved by alternatively updating the sparse code, as a solution to multiple Lasso problems, considering the dictionary fixed, and then updating the dictionary to best fit the sparse code.
After using such a procedure to fit the dictionary, the transform is simply a sparse coding step that shares the same implementation with all dictionary learning objects (see Sparse coding with a precomputed dictionary).
The following image shows how a dictionary learned from 4x4 pixel image patches extracted from part of the image of Lena looks like.
- “Online dictionary learning for sparse coding” J. Mairal, F. Bach, J. Ponce, G. Sapiro, 2009
188.8.131.52. Mini-batch dictionary learning¶
MiniBatchDictionaryLearning implements a faster, but less accurate
version of the dictionary learning algorithm that is better suited for large
MiniBatchDictionaryLearning divides the data into
mini-batches and optimizes in an online manner by cycling over the mini-batches
for the specified number of iterations. However, at the moment it does not
implement a stopping condition.
The estimator also implements
partial_fit, which updates the dictionary by
iterating only once over a mini-batch. This can be used for online learning
when the data is not readily available from the start, or for when the data
does not fit into the memory.
Clustering for dictionary learning
Note that when using dictionary learning to extract a representation
(e.g. for sparse coding) clustering can be a good proxy to learn the
dictionary. For instance the
MiniBatchKMeans estimator is
computationally efficient and implements on-line learning with a
2.5.4. Factor Analysis¶
In unsupervised learning we only have a dataset . How can this dataset be described mathematically? A very simple continuous latent variabel model for is
The vector is called “latent” because it is unobserved. is considered a noise term distributed according to a Gaussian with mean 0 and covariance (i.e. ), is some arbitrary offset vector. Such a model is called “generative” as it describes how is generated from . If we use all the ‘s as columns to form a matrix and all the ‘s as columns of a matrix then we can write (with suitably defined and ):
In other words, we decomposed matrix .
If is given, the above equation automatically implies the following probabilistic interpretation:
For a complete probabilistic model we also need a prior distribution for the latent variable . The most straightforward assumption (based on the nice properties of the Gaussian distribution) is . This yields a Gaussian as the marginal distribution of :
Now, without any further assumptions the idea of having a latent variable would be superfluous – can be completely modelled with a mean and a covariance. We need to impose some more specific structure on one of these two parameters. A simple additional assumption regards the structure of the error covariance :
- : This assumption leads to
the probabilistic model of
- : This model is called Factor Analysis, a classical statistical model. The matrix W is sometimes called the “factor loading matrix”.
Both model essentially estimate a Gaussian with a low-rank covariance matrix.
Because both models are probabilistic they can be integrated in more complex
models, e.g. Mixture of Factor Analysers. One gets very different models (e.g.
FastICA) if non-Gaussian priors on the latent variables are assumed.
Factor analysis can produce similar components (the columns of its loading
PCA. However, one can not make any general statements
about these components (e.g. whether they are orthogonal):
The main advantage for Factor Analysis (over
PCA is that
it can model the variance in every direction of the input space independently
This allows better model selection than probabilistic PCA in the presence of heteroscedastic noise:
2.5.5. Independent component analysis (ICA)¶
Independent component analysis separates a multivariate signal into
additive subcomponents that are maximally independent. It is
implemented in scikit-learn using the
algorithm. Typically, ICA is not used for reducing dimensionality but
for separating superimposed signals. Since the ICA model does not include
a noise term, for the model to be correct, whitening must be applied.
This can be done internally using the whiten argument or manually using one
of the PCA variants.
It is classically used to separate mixed signals (a problem known as blind source separation), as in the example below:
ICA can also be used as yet another non linear decomposition that finds components with some sparsity:
2.5.6. Non-negative matrix factorization (NMF or NNMF)¶
NMF is an alternative approach to decomposition that assumes that the
data and the components are non-negative.
NMF can be plugged in
PCA or its variants, in the cases where the data matrix
does not contain negative values.
It finds a decomposition of samples
into two matrices and of non-negative elements,
by optimizing for the squared Frobenius norm:
This norm is an obvious extension of the Euclidean norm to matrices. (Other optimization objectives have been suggested in the NMF literature, in particular Kullback-Leibler divergence, but these are not currently implemented.)
PCA, the representation of a vector is obtained in an additive
fashion, by superimposing the components, without subtracting. Such additive
models are efficient for representing images and text.
It has been observed in [Hoyer, 04] that, when carefully constrained,
NMF can produce a parts-based representation of the dataset,
resulting in interpretable models. The following example displays 16
sparse components found by
NMF from the images in the Olivetti
faces dataset, in comparison with the PCA eigenfaces.
init attribute determines the initialization method applied, which
has a great impact on the performance of the method.
the method Nonnegative Double Singular Value Decomposition. NNDSVD is based on
two SVD processes, one approximating the data matrix, the other approximating
positive sections of the resulting partial SVD factors utilizing an algebraic
property of unit rank matrices. The basic NNDSVD algorithm is better fit for
sparse factorization. Its variants NNDSVDa (in which all zeros are set equal to
the mean of all elements of the data), and NNDSVDar (in which the zeros are set
to random perturbations less than the mean of the data divided by 100) are
recommended in the dense case.
NMF can also be initialized with random non-negative matrices, by
passing an integer seed or a
NMF, sparseness can be enforced by setting the attribute
"components". Sparse components lead to
localized features, and sparse data leads to a more efficient representation of
- “Learning the parts of objects by non-negative matrix factorization” D. Lee, S. Seung, 1999
- “Non-negative Matrix Factorization with Sparseness Constraints” P. Hoyer, 2004
- “Projected gradient methods for non-negative matrix factorization” C.-J. Lin, 2007
- “SVD based initialization: A head start for nonnegative matrix factorization” C. Boutsidis, E. Gallopoulos, 2008