A Parallel Mixture of SVMs for Very Large Scale Problems

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Ronan Collobert, Samy Bengio, Yoshua Bengio


Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are currently the state-of-the-art models for many classification problems but they suffer from the complexity of their train(cid:173) ing algorithm which is at least quadratic with respect to the number of examples. Hence, it is hopeless to try to solve real-life problems having more than a few hundreds of thousands examples with SVMs. The present paper proposes a new mixture of SVMs that can be easily implemented in parallel and where each SVM is trained on a small subset of the whole dataset. Experiments on a large benchmark dataset (Forest) as well as a difficult speech database, yielded significant time improvement (time complexity appears empirically to locally grow linearly with the number of examples) . In addition, and that is a surprise, a significant improvement in generalization was observed on Forest.