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Characterizing the Representer Theorem

Yaoliang Yu, Hao Cheng, Dale Schuurmans, Csaba Szepesvari
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JMLR W&CP 28 (1) : 570–578, 2013

Abstract

The representer theorem assures that kernel methods retain optimality under penalized empirical risk minimization. While a sufficient condition on the form of the regularizer guaranteeing the representer theorem has been known since the initial development of kernel methods, necessary conditions have only been investigated recently. In this paper we completely characterize the necessary and sufficient conditions on the regularizer that ensure the representer theorem holds. The results are surprisingly simple yet broaden the conditions where the representer theorem is known to hold. Extension to the matrix domain is also addressed.

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