Fast, smooth and adaptive regression in metric spaces

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 22 (NIPS 2009)

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Samory Kpotufe


It was recently shown that certain nonparametric regressors can escape the curse of dimensionality in the sense that their convergence rates adapt to the intrinsic dimension of data (\cite{BL:65, SK:77}). We prove some stronger results in more general settings. In particular, we consider a regressor which, by combining aspects of both tree-based regression and kernel regression, operates on a general metric space, yields a smooth function, and evaluates in time $O(\log n)$. We derive a tight convergence rate of the form $n^{-2/(2+d)}$ where $d$ is the Assouad dimension of the input space.