Overview of intrinsicDimension package

Kerstin Johnsson


The intrinsic dimension of a data set is a measure of its complexity. Data sets that can be accurately described with a few parameters have low intrinsic dimension. It is expected that the performance of many machine learning algorithms is dependent on the intrinsic dimension of the data. Is has also been proposed to use estimates of intrinsic dimension for applications such as network anomaly detection and image analysis.

This package contains implementations of a variety of approaches for intrinsic dimension estimation: modeling distances by for example Maximum Likelihood, approximating hyperplanes using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and modeling angular information and concentration of measure (ESS and DANCo methods). Ground truth data, i.e. data with known intrinsic dimension, can be generated with a number of functions modeling manifolds. The manifold dimension is the intrinsic dimension if the data is a manifold, otherwise the intrinsic dimension is usually defined as the Hausdorff dimension (which is a general measure of dimension that also applies to fractals.)

The package distinguishes between local, global and pointwise estimators of intrinsic dimension. Local estimators estimate dimension of a local data set, for example a neighborhood from a larger data set. For this estimate to be accurate the noise and the curvature of the data has to be small relative to the neighborhood diameter. A global estimator takes the entire data set and returns one estimate of intrinsic dimension. Global estimators has the potential to handle higher noise and curvature levels than local estimators, but require that the entire data set has the same intrinsic dimension. Pointwise estimators are essentially local estimators applied neighborhoods around each point in the data set, but sometimes information beyond the neighborhood is used, as in PCA with Optimally Topolgy Perserving Maps. Any local estimator can be converted into a pointwise estimator.


Kerstin Johnsson (2016). Structures in high-dimensional data: Intrinsic dimension and cluster analysis. PhD thesis, Lund University. Full text

Methods for estimating intrinsic dimension

Applying local estimators to non-local data sets

Data distributions

Local data sets (pieces of manifolds)

Uniform distributions on manifolds

Non-uniform distributions on manifolds


## Loading required package: yaImpute

Local estimators applied to a simulated local data set with 30 data points, intrinsic dimension 50, noise dimension 100 and noise standard deviation 0.01.

local.data <- cutHyperPlane(Ns = 30, d = 50, n = 100, sd = 0.01)
essLocalDimEst(local.data, ver = 'a')
## Dimension estimate: 47.9664 
## Additional data: ess
## Dimension estimate: 11.66547
maxLikLocalDimEst(local.data, dnoise='dnoiseGaussH', sigma=0.01, n=100)
## Dimension estimate: 11.65882
pcaLocalDimEst(local.data, ver = 'FO')
## Dimension estimate: 27 
## Additional data: gap.size

Global and pointwise estimators applied to data on a manifold with intrinsic dimension 2.

manifold.data <- swissRoll(500) 
maxLikGlobalDimEst(manifold.data, k=10, unbiased = TRUE)
## Dimension estimate: 1.76448
maxLikGlobalDimEst(manifold.data, k=10, unbiased = TRUE, neighborhood.aggregation = 'robust')
## Dimension estimate: 1.85549
dancoDimEst(manifold.data, k=10, D=10)
## Computing DANCo calibration data for N = 500, k = 10 for dimensions 1 to 10
## Dimension estimate: 2 
## Additional data: kl.divergence, calibration.data
N <- dim(manifold.data)[1]
k <- 2
ps <- seq(max(k + 1, round(N/2)), N - 1, length.out = 5)
knnDimEst(manifold.data, k, ps, M = 10, gamma = 2)
## Dimension estimate: 2 
## Additional data: residual
maxLikPointwiseDimEst(manifold.data, k=10, unbiased = TRUE)
## Dimension estimates at 500 data points.
##  min: 0.7408372 ; max: 6.233372
pcaOtpmPointwiseDimEst(manifold.data, 10)
## Dimension estimates at 500 data points.
##  min: 2 ; max: 6 
## Additional data: nbr.neighbors

Pointwise estimators applied to data set that is combination of two manifolds with intrinsic dimensions 2 and 3.

data <- swissRoll3Sph(300, 300)
essPointwiseDimEst <- asPointwiseEstimator(essLocalDimEst, neighborhood.size=10,
                                           indices = c(1:10, 301:310))
ess.pw.res <- essPointwiseDimEst(data)

palette <- c('#11FF1111', '#FF111111')
hist(ess.pw.res$dim.est[1:10], breaks=seq(0, max(ess.pw.res$dim.est)+1, by=0.5),
     col=palette[1], main='ESS pointwise dimension estimation', xlab='')
hist(ess.pw.res$dim.est[11:20], breaks=seq(0, max(ess.pw.res$dim.est)+1, by=0.5),
     add=TRUE, col=palette[2])
legend('topright', c('Swiss roll (2D)', '3-sphere (3D)'), fill=palette)

max.lik.pw.res <- maxLikPointwiseDimEst(data, k=10, indices = c(1:10, 301:310))
hist(max.lik.pw.res$dim.est[1:10], breaks=seq(0, max(max.lik.pw.res$dim.est)+1, by=0.5),
     col=palette[1], main='ML pointwise dimension estimation', xlab='')
hist(max.lik.pw.res$dim.est[11:20], breaks=seq(0, max(max.lik.pw.res$dim.est)+1, by=0.5),
     add=TRUE, col=palette[2])
legend('topright', c('Swiss roll (2D)', '3-sphere (3D)'), fill=palette)

References – intrinsic dimension estimators

Johnsson, K., Soneson, C. and Fontes, M. (2015). Low Bias Local Intrinsic Dimension Estimation from Expected Simplex Skewness. IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell., 37(1), 196-202.

Ceruti, C. et al. (2012). DANCo: Dimensionality from Angle and Norm Concentration. arXiv preprint 1206.3881.

Rozza, A et al. (2012). Novel high intrinsic dimensionality estimators. Machine learning 89, 37-65.

Fukunaga, K. and Olsen, D. R. (1971). An algorithm for finding intrinsic dimensionality of data. IEEE Trans. Comput., c-20(2):176-183.

Fan, M. et al. (2010). Intrinsic dimension estimation of data by principal component analysis. arXiv preprint 1002.2050.

Bruske, J. and Sommer, G. (1998) Intrinsic dimensionality estimation with optimally topology perserving maps. IEEE Trans. on Pattern Anal. and Mach. Intell., 20(5), 572-575.

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Levina, E. and Bickel., P. J. (2005) Maximum likelihood estimation of intrinsic dimension. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 17, 777-784. MIT Press.

Carter, K.M., Raich, R. and Hero, A.O. (2010) On local intrinsic dimension estimation and its applications. IEEE Trans. on Sig. Proc., 58(2), 650-663.

References – data sets

Hein, M. and Audibert, J-Y. (2005) Intrinsic Dimensionality Estimation of Submanifolds in R^d. Proceedings of ICML, 289-296.

Rozza, A. et al. (2012) Novel high intrinsic dimensionality estimators. Machine Learning, 89:37-65.