A Cure for Variance Inflation in High Dimensional Kernel Principal Component Analysis

Trine Julie Abrahamsen, Lars Kai Hansen.

Year: 2011, Volume: 12, Issue: 58, Pages: 2027−2044


Small sample high-dimensional principal component analysis (PCA) suffers from variance inflation and lack of generalizability. It has earlier been pointed out that a simple leave-one-out variance renormalization scheme can cure the problem. In this paper we generalize the cure in two directions: First, we propose a computationally less intensive approximate leave-one-out estimator, secondly, we show that variance inflation is also present in kernel principal component analysis (kPCA) and we provide a non-parametric renormalization scheme which can quite efficiently restore generalizability in kPCA. As for PCA our analysis also suggests a simplified approximate expression.