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Null Category Noise Model - MATLAB Software

NCNM Software

This page will describe examples of how to use the null category noise model software (NCNM) available for download here. Note that there is a C++ version of the NCNM available within the IVM C++ toolbox available here.

Release Information

Current release is 0.11.

There are several other toolboxes you need to download and have in your path these are:

Toolbox Version

IVM
KERN
NOISE
NDLUTIL
OPTIMI
PRIOR
DATASETS

0.33
0.141
0.13
0.141
0.13
0.13
0.1

Finally you will also need the NETLAB toolbox in your path and Anton Schwaighofer's SVM light MATLAB interface, available here to run the demThreeFive example which compares with SVM light version 5.00.

Examples

The toy data example in the papers can be recreated using:

>> demUnlabelled1

and leads to the decision boundary given below. A standard IVM based classifier can be run on the data using

>> dem


The null category noise model run on toy data. Left: using the null category, the true nature of the decision boundary is recovered. Right: the standard Gaussian process, does not recover the true decision boundary.

The other USPS digit classification example given in the NIPS paper can be re-run with:

>> demThreeFive

Be aware that this code can take some time to run. The results, in the form of averaged area under ROC curve against probability of missing label, can be plotted using

>> demThreeFiveResults


Plot of average area under ROC curve against probability of label being present. The red line is the standard IVM based classifier, the blue dotted line is the null category noise model based classifier, the green dash-dot line is the a normal SVM and the mauve dashed line is the transductive SVM.

Page last modified on Fri Jan 5 12:47:39 GMT 2007.