Efficient Regression in Metric Spaces via Approximate Lipschitz Extension Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a framework for performing efficient regression in general metric spaces. Roughly speaking, our regressor predicts the value at a new point by computing a Lipschitz extension — the smoothest function consistent with the observed data — while performing an optimized structural risk minimization to avoid overfitting. The offline (learning) and online (inference) stages can be solved by convex programming, but this naive approach has runtime complexity O(n 3), which is prohibitive for large datasets. We design instead an algorithm that is fast when the doubling dimension, which measures the “intrinsic” dimensionality of the metric space, is low. We make dual use of the doubling dimension: first, on the statistical front, to bound fat-shattering dimension of the class of Lipschitz functions (and obtain risk bounds); and second, on the computational front, to quickly compute a hypothesis function and a prediction based on Lipschitz extension. Our resulting regressor is both asymptotically strongly consistent and comes with finite-sample risk bounds, while making minimal structural and noise assumptions.

publication date

  • January 1, 2017