Random Fourier Features via Fast Surrogate Leverage Weighted Sampling


  • Fanghui Liu KU Leuven
  • Xiaolin Huang SJTU
  • Yudong Chen Cornell
  • Jie Yang SJTU
  • Johan Suykens KU Leuven




In this paper, we propose a fast surrogate leverage weighted sampling strategy to generate refined random Fourier features for kernel approximation. Compared to the current state-of-the-art method that uses the leverage weighted scheme (Li et al. 2019), our new strategy is simpler and more effective. It uses kernel alignment to guide the sampling process and it can avoid the matrix inversion operator when we compute the leverage function. Given n observations and s random features, our strategy can reduce the time complexity for sampling from O(ns2+s3) to O(ns2), while achieving comparable (or even slightly better) prediction performance when applied to kernel ridge regression (KRR). In addition, we provide theoretical guarantees on the generalization performance of our approach, and in particular characterize the number of random features required to achieve statistical guarantees in KRR. Experiments on several benchmark datasets demonstrate that our algorithm achieves comparable prediction performance and takes less time cost when compared to (Li et al. 2019).




How to Cite

Liu, F., Huang, X., Chen, Y., Yang, J., & Suykens, J. (2020). Random Fourier Features via Fast Surrogate Leverage Weighted Sampling. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(04), 4844-4851. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v34i04.5920



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning