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Universal Multi-Dimensional Scaling
Saturday February 06th 2010, 2:15 am
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[author]Arvind Agarwal, Jeff Phillips and Suresh Venkatasubramanian[/author]
In 16th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2010

In this paper, we propose a unified algorithmic framework for solving many known variants of MDS. Our algorithm is a simple iterative scheme with guaranteed convergence, and is modular; by changing the internals of a single subroutine in the algorithm, we can switch cost functions and target spaces easily. In addition to the formal guarantees of convergence, our algorithms are accurate; in most cases, they converge to better quality solutions than existing methods, in comparable time. We expect that this framework will be useful for a number of MDS variants that have not yet been studied.

Links: KDD 2010 final version, and Extended version on arxiv.

Code: MATLAB code for MDS in Euclidean space (Some utility functions useful for testing). It generalizes to the other cost functions and spaces by replacing the appropriate subroutines (computeIntersections and mean).

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