[R] svm regression in R

David Meyer david.meyer at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Fri Jan 31 18:43:05 CET 2003

Christoph Helma wrote:
> Hallo,
> I have a question concerning SVM regression in R. I intend to use SVMs for feature selection (and knowledge discovery). For this purpose I will need to extract the weights that are associated with my features. I understand from a previous thread on SVM classification, that predictive models can be derived from SVs, coefficiants and rhos, but it is unclear for me how to transfer this information to the regression problem. Can anyone help in this respect (I am *not* an SVM expert)?

That's pretty simple.
The ``decision'' (predictor) function for regression is as follows:

f(x) = \sum_{i=1}^{l} alpha_i * K(x_i, x) - rho

where `alpha_i' are the coefficients of the SVs, `x_i' are the SVs
themselves, and `l' the number of SVs.
Note that `rho' must be *substracted* because libsvm returns -b for some



> Thanks,
> Christoph
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