, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 77-90
Date: 01 May 2006

Unsupervised Learning of Image Manifolds by Semidefinite Programming

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Can we detect low dimensional structure in high dimensional data sets of images? In this paper, we propose an algorithm for unsupervised learning of image manifolds by semidefinite programming. Given a data set of images, our algorithm computes a low dimensional representation of each image with the property that distances between nearby images are preserved. More generally, it can be used to analyze high dimensional data that lies on or near a low dimensional manifold. We illustrate the algorithm on easily visualized examples of curves and surfaces, as well as on actual images of faces, handwritten digits, and solid objects.