Similarity-based Classification: Concepts and Algorithms

Yihua Chen, Eric K. Garcia, Maya R. Gupta, Ali Rahimi, Luca Cazzanti.

Year: 2009, Volume: 10, Issue: 27, Pages: 747−776


This paper reviews and extends the field of similarity-based classification, presenting new analyses, algorithms, data sets, and a comprehensive set of experimental results for a rich collection of classification problems. Specifically, the generalizability of using similarities as features is analyzed, design goals and methods for weighting nearest-neighbors for similarity-based learning are proposed, and different methods for consistently converting similarities into kernels are compared. Experiments on eight real data sets compare eight approaches and their variants to similarity-based learning.