# Homework 1,COMS 4771 solved

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Problem 1 (Nearest neighbors; 20 points). Download the OCR image data set ocr.mat from
Courseworks, and load it into MATLAB:
Or Python:
from scipy . io import loadmat
ocr = loadmat (‘ocr . mat ‘)
The unlabeled training data (i.e., feature vectors) are contained in a matrix called data (one
point per row), and the corresponding labels are in a vector called labels. The test feature vectors
and labels are in, respectively, testdata and testlabels. In MATLAB, you can view an image
(say, the first one) in the training data with the following commands:
imagesc ( reshape ( data (1 ,:) ,28 ,28) ‘);
If the colors are too jarring for you, try the following:
colormap (1 – gray );
In Python, to view the first image, try the following (ideally, from IPython or Jupyter Notebook):
import matplotlib . pyplot as plt
from matplotlib import cm
plt . imshow ( ocr [‘data ‘][0]. reshape ((28 ,28)) , cmap = cm . gray_r )
plt . show ()
Write a function that implements the 1-nearest neighbor classifier with Euclidean distance.
Your function should take as input a matrix of training feature vectors X and a vector of the
corresponding labels Y, as well as a matrix of test feature vectors test. The output should be a
vector of predicted labels preds for all the test points. Naturally, you should not use (or look at the
source code for) any library functions for computing Euclidean distances, nearest neighbor queries,
and so on. If in doubt about what is okay to use, just ask. Note that for efficiency, you should use
vector operations (rather than, say, a bunch of for-loops).1
Instead of using your 1-NN code directly with data and labels as the training data, do the
following. For each value n ∈ {1000, 2000, 4000, 8000},
• Draw n random points from data, together with their corresponding labels. In MATLAB, use sel = randsample(60000,n) to pick the n random indices, and data(sel,:) and
labels(sel) to select the examples; in Python, use sel = random.sample(xrange(60000),n)
(after import random), ocr[‘data’][sel], and ocr[‘labels’][sel].
• Use these n points as the training data and testdata as the test points, and compute the
test error rate of the 1-NN classifier.
A plot of the error rate (on the y-axis) as a function of n (on the x-axis) is called a learning curve.
We get an estimate of this curve by using the test error rate in place of the (true) error rate.
Repeat the (random) process described above ten times, independently. Produce an estimate
of the learning curve plot using the average of these test error rates (that is, averaging over ten
repetitions). Add error bars to your plot that extend to one standard deviation above and below
the means. Ensure the plot axes are properly labeled.
What to submit: (1) learning curve plot, (2) source code (in a separate file).
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http://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/matlab_prog/vectorization.html
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Problem 2 (Prototype selection; 20 points). Prototype selection is a method for speeding-up
nearest neighbor search that replaces the training data with a smaller subset of prototypes (which
could be data points themselves). For simplicity, assume that 1-NN is used with Euclidean distance.
So a prototype selection method simply takes as input:
• the training data {(xi
, yi)}
n
i=1 from R
d × {0, 1, . . . , 9} (say), and
• a positive integer m;
it should return m labeled pairs {(x˜i
, y˜i)}
m
i=1, each from R
d × {0, 1, . . . , 9}.
Design a method for choosing prototypes, where the goal is for the 1-NN classifier based on
the prototypes to have good test accuracy. Implement your algorithm; use it to select prototypes
for the OCR data set, and evaluate the test error rate of the 1-NN classifier based on the selected
prototypes. You should use the whole training data set as input (i.e., all n = 60000 data points),
but vary the number of selected prototypes m in the set {1000, 2000, 4000, 8000}. If your procedure
is randomized, repeat it at least ten times (for each m) to properly assess its performance.
What to submit:
1. A brief description of your method (in words).
2. Concise and unambiguous pseudocode for your algorithm.
3. A table of the test error rates for the different values of m you try. (Report averages and
standard deviations if your procedure is randomized.)
4. Source code (in a separate file).
Problem 3 (Probability; 10 points). Suppose you have an urn containing 100 colored balls. Each
ball is painted with one of five possible colors from the color set C := {red, orange, yellow, green, blue}.
For each c ∈ C, let nc denote the number of balls in the urn with color c.
(a) Suppose you pick two balls uniformly at random with replacement from the urn. What is the