Semismooth Support Vector Machines
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The linear support vector machine can be posed as a quadratic pro- gram in a variety of ways. In this paper, we look at a formulation using the two-norm for the misclassi cation error that leads to a positive de - nite quadratic program with a single equality constraint when the Wolfe dual is taken. The quadratic term is a small rank update to a positive def- inite matrix. We reformulate the optimality conditions as a semismooth system of equations using the Fischer-Burmeister function and apply a damped Newton method to solve the resulting problem. The algorithm is shown to converge from any starting point with a Q-quadratic rate of convergence. At each iteration, we use the Sherman-Morrison-Woodbury update formula to solve a single linear system of equations. Signi cant computational savings are realized as the inactive variables are identi ed and exploited during the solution process. Results for a 60 million variable problem are presented, demonstrating the e ectiveness of the proposed method on a personal computer.
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