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Support Vector Machines


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Optimization. Linear Classification Machines. Linear Regression Machines. Kernels and Support Vector Machines. Basic Statistical Learning Theory of C-Support Vector Classification. Model Construction. Implementation. Variants and Extensions of Support Vector Machines. Bibliography. Index.

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Naiyang Deng, Yingjie Tian, Chunhua Zhang


This book provides a concise overview of support vector machines (SVMs), starting from the basics and connecting to many of their most significant extensions. Starting from an optimization perspective provides a new way of presenting the material, including many of the technical details that are hard to find in other texts. And since it includes a discussion of many practical issues important for the effective use of SVMs (e.g., feature construction), the book is valuable as a reference for researchers and practitioners alike.
—Thorsten Joachims, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell UniversityThe books on support vector machines (SVMs) in Chinese written by the same authors are very popular in China. It is really great that the authors have translated the books into English and made further extensions on them. One thing which makes the book very unique from the other books is that the authors try to shed light on SVM from the viewpoint of optimization. I believe that the comprehensive and systematic explanation on the basic concepts, fundamental principles, algorithms, and theories of SVM will help readers have a really in-depth understanding of the space. It is really a great book, which many researchers, students, and engineers in computer science and related fields will want to carefully read and routinely consult.
—Dr. Hang Li, Chief Scientist of Noah’s Ark Lab, Huawei Technologies Co., LtdThis book comprehensively covers many topics of support vector machines (SVMs). In particular, it gives a nice connection between optimization theory and support vector machines. In my experience of developing the popular SVM software LIBSVM, I found that many users lack a good understanding of the optimization concept behind SVM. This book starts with explaining basic knowledge of convex optimization and then introduces linear support vector classification and regression. Next, it discusses kernel SVM and the practical implementation. The setting allows readers to easily learn how optimization techniques are used in a machine learning technique such as SVM.
—Chih-Jen Lin, Professor, Department of Computer Science, National Taiwan University

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