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Multiresolution Tensor Learning for Efficient and Interpretable Spatial Analysis

Jung Yeon Park · Kenneth Carr · Stephan Zheng · Yisong Yue · Rose Yu

Keywords: [ Large Scale Learning and Big Data ] [ Sustainability, Climate and Environment ] [ Matrix/Tensor Methods ] [ General Machine Learning Techniques ]


Efficient and interpretable spatial analysis is crucial in many fields such as geology, sports, and climate science. Tensor latent factor models can describe higher-order correlations for spatial data. However, they are computationally expensive to train and are sensitive to initialization, leading to spatially incoherent, uninterpretable results. We develop a novel Multiresolution Tensor Learning (MRTL) algorithm for efficiently learning interpretable spatial patterns. MRTL initializes the latent factors from an approximate full-rank tensor model for improved interpretability and progressively learns from a coarse resolution to the fine resolution for boosted efficiency. We also prove the theoretical convergence and computational complexity of MRTL. When applied to two real-world datasets, MRTL demonstrates 4~5x speedup compared to a fixed resolution approach while yielding accurate and interpretable models.

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