An Empirical Study on the Performance of Spectral Manifold Learning Techniques

  • Peter Mysling
  • Søren Hauberg
  • Kim Steenstrup Pedersen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6791)


In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in spectral manifold learning techniques. Despite the interest, only little work has focused on the empirical behavior of these techniques. We construct synthetic data of variable complexity and observe the performance of the techniques as they are subjected to increasingly difficult problems. We evaluate performance in terms of both a classification and a regression task. Our study includes Isomap, LLE, Laplacian eigenmaps, and diffusion maps. Among others, our results indicate that the techniques are highly dependent on data density, sensitive to scaling, and greatly influenced by intrinsic dimensionality.


Near Neighbour Regression Task Regression Measure Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction Intrinsic Dimensionality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mysling
    • 1
  • Søren Hauberg
    • 1
  • Kim Steenstrup Pedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.The eScience Center, Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen ØDenmark

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