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Invited Talk
Workshop: Subset Selection in Machine Learning: From Theory to Applications

Theory of feature selection

Rajiv Khanna


In this talk, I will present novel theoretical results to bridge the gap in theory and practice for interpretable dimensionality reduction aka feature selection. Specifically, I will show that feature selection satisfies a weaker form of submodularity. Because of this connection, for any function, one can provide constant-factor approximation guarantees that are solely dependent on the condition number of the function. Moreover, I will discuss that the "cost of interpretability" accrued because of selecting features as opposed to principal components is not as high as was previously thought to be.