Locally-Linear Embedding

Dimension ReductionLocally-Linear Embeddingin PythonDiogo RibeiroBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingMay 31Photo by Raul Cacho Oses on UnsplashLLE is a topology preserving manifold learning method.

All manifold learning algorithms assume that dataset lies on a smooth nonlinear manifold of low dimension and a mapping f: RD -> Rd (D>>d) can be found by preserving one or more properties of the higher dimensional space.

Topology preservation means the neighborhood structure is intact.

Unlike, distance preservation methods like MDS topology preservation is more intuitive.

The points which are nearby in higher dimension should be close in the lower dimension.

The inspiration behind LLE is as original authors nicely put it ‘Think globally fit locally’.

Methods like SOM(self-organizing map) are also topology preserving but they assume a predefined lattice for the lower manifold.

LLE creates the lattice based on the information contained in the dataset.

The image above shows a simulated dataset and its LLE-embedding.

Few points of the simulated S curve are circled.

They are neighbors of the same point.

We can see that in the LLE-embedding they have been mapped close to each other(points in the circle).

This shows the ability of LLE in preserving the neighborhood structure.

LLE makes few important assumptions.

These are:Data is well sampled i.


density of the dataset is high.

Dataset lies on a smooth manifold.

Data is well-sampled means that for every point we have at least 2d points in its neighborhood.

If the manifold is smooth we can assume that the point and its neighbors lie on the locally linear manifold.

If there are sharp bends or holes this property won’t hold true.

Implementation of LLENecessary imports.

#necessary importsfrom sklearn import datasetsfrom pyspark.

sql import SQLContext as SQCfrom pyspark.


linalg import Vectors as mllibVs, VectorUDT as mllibVUDTfrom pyspark.


linalg import Vectors as mlVs, VectorUDT as mlVUDTfrom pyspark.


types import *from pyspark.


linalg import *from pyspark.


functions import *from pyspark.


feature import StandardScalerfrom pyspark.



distributed import IndexedRowMatriximport math as mimport numpy as npSteps of LLE:Create a neighborhood graphFor every point calculate local weight matrix WFor every point use W to create the point from its neighbors.

First Step of LLE: Neighborhood graph:The first step of LLE is to create a neighborhood graph.

A distance metric is needed to measure the distance between the two points and classify them as neighbors.

For example Euclidean, Mahalanobis, hamming and cosine.

Neighbourhood matrix: Neighbourhood matrix can be created using e-neighbourhood, K-nearest neighbors, locality sensitive hashing.

e-neighbourhood: It creates an edge between nodei & nodej if distance between them is smaller than a fixed parameter e.

e should neither be small nor very large.

If eis large every node will have an edge to every other and its small many nodes will be without neighbors.

K-nearest neighbors: Using this method for every node we choose K nearest data points as its neighbors.

This method ensures that every node has K neighbors.

If the density of data points varies a lot, this method will produce an asymmetric neighborhood graph.

For example, a node may be selected by a faraway point as its neighbor due to the low density at that point.

Locality-sensitive hashing: Unlike the above two methods locality sensitive hashing is an approximate method to select neighbors.

In layman’s terms locality -sensitive hashing hashes every point using a set of hash functions and all the points which are hashed to the same bucket are classified as neighbors.

If you wish to learn more about LSH, there are many good tutorials available on the web.

# for every point create an id sorted vector of distance from every other pointnum_samples = 3000X, color = datasets.

make_s_curve(num_samples)df = (spark.





map(lambda x: (x[1], mlVs.

dense(x[0]))), ["id", "features"])) udf_dist = udf(lambda x, y: float(x.

squared_distance(y)), DoubleType())df_2 = dfdf = df.

crossJoin(df ).

toDF('x_id', 'x_feature', 'y_id', 'y_feature')df = df.

withColumn("sim", udf_dist(df.

x_feature, df.

y_feature))df = df.

drop("x_feature")st = struct([name for name in ["y_id", "sim","y_feature"]]).

alias("map")df = df.

select("x_id", st)df = df.



alias("map"))df = df.

join(df_2, df_2.

id == df.

x_id, "inner").

drop("x_id")Second Step of LLE: Linear Weighted Reconstruction of a point using its neighbors:Each point of the dataset is reconstructed as a linear weighted sum of its neighbors.

Since only neighbors participate in reconstruction it is local.

Reconstruction is achieved by linear coefficients of weights, hence linear.

That is why this method is named as locally linear embedding.

The weights of points Pi and Pj are independent from each other.

Rotation, rescalings, and translations of a points and its neighbors are don’t affect the local W matrix of the point.

It is important to note that while solving for W if the number of neighbors is greater than the original dimension D some of the weight coefficients might be zero leading to multiple solutions.

This issue can be handled by adding a regularization to the least squares problems penalizing the large weights.

For every point Yi: create a matrix Z with all neighbors of Yi subtract Yi from Z create the local covariance matrix C = ZZT Add a regularized term to avoid C being singular, C= C + reg*I solve CW = 1 for W set Wij = 0 if j is not a neighbor of i set W = W/sum(W)$# calculate local neighborhood matrixdef get_weights(map_list, k, features, reg): sorted_map = sorted(map_list, key = lambda x: x[1])[1:(k+1)] neighbors = np.

array([s[2] for s in sorted_map]) ind = [s[0] for s in sorted_map] nbors, n_features = neighbors.

shape neighbors_mat = neighbors – features.


reshape(1,n_features) cov_neighbors = np.

dot(neighbors_mat, neighbors_mat.

T) # add regularization term trace = np.

trace(cov_neighbors) if trace > 0: R = reg * trace else: R = reg cov_neighbors.

flat[::nbors + 1] += R weights = linalg.

solve(cov_neighbors, np.


T, sym_pos=True) weights = weights/weights.

sum() full_weights = np.

zeros(len(map_list)) full_weights[ind] = weights return(Vectors.

dense(full_weights))udf_sort = udf(get_weights, mllibVUDT())df = df.

withColumn("weights", udf_sort("map", lit(10), "features", lit(0.

001)))Third Step of LLE: Reconstruct points in lower dimension:At this step, we don’t need the dataset.

Now we have to create each point in lower dimension using its neighbors and local W matrix.

The neighborhood graph and the local Weight matrix capture the topology of the manifold.

The recreation error in lower dimension is constrained to make it well posed.

The equation 1(in the image steps in LLE) constrains the output to be centered at origin making it translation invariant.

The equation 2 is required to make the output rotation and scaling invariant.

# udf for creating a row of identity matrix def I(ind): i = [0]*150 i[ind]=1.

0 return(mllibVs.

dense(i))# convert dataframe to indexedrowmatrixweights_irm = IndexedRowMatrix(df.



map(lambda x:(x[0], I(x[0])-x[1])))M = weights_irm.



multiply( weights_irm.

toBlockMatrix() )SVD = M.


computeSVD(150, True)# select the vectors for low dimensional embeddinglle_embbeding = np.



toArray()[:,-(d+1):-1])Plot the resultant embeddingVisualization of a subset of MNIST dataset after LLE.

Drawbacks of LLE:LLE is sensitive to outliers and noise.

Datasets have a varying density and it is not always possible to have a smooth manifold.

In these cases, LLE gives a poor result.

Conclusion: In this article, we discussed the basic and important concepts related to the understanding of LLE and its implementation.

Later, we implemented a standard LLE algorithm on pyspark.

Hessian LLE, Modified LLE, and LTSA address some of the shortcomings of LLE.

A jupyter notebook with math and code(python and pyspark) is available on github repo.


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