A kernel-based parametric method for conditional density estimation

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A conditional density function, which describes the relationship between response and explanatory variables, plays an important role in many analysis problems. In this paper, we propose a new kernel-based parametric method to estimate conditional density. An exponential function is employed to approximate the unknown density, and its parameters are computed from the given explanatory variable via a nonlinear mapping using kernel principal component analysis (KPCA). We develop a new kernel function, which is a variant to polynomial kernels, to be used in KPCA. The proposed method is compared with the NadarayaWatson estimator through numerical simulation and practical data. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the NadarayaWatson estimator in terms of revised mean integrated squared error (RMISE). Therefore, the proposed method is an effective method for estimating the conditional densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-294
Number of pages11
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Conditional density estimation
  • Kernel function
  • Kernel principal component analysis
  • NadarayaWatson estimator


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