Non Stationary Kernels

Non-stationary covariance functions cannot be expressed as simply a function of the distance between their inputs \mathbf{x} - \mathbf{y}.

Locally Stationary Kernels

A simple way to construct non-stationary covariances from stationary ones is by scaling the original stationary covariance; K(\mathbf{x} - \mathbf{y}), by a function of \mathbf{x} + \mathbf{y}.

C(\mathbf{x}, \mathbf{y}) = G(\mathbf{x} + \mathbf{y}) K(\mathbf{x} - \mathbf{y})

Here G(.): \mathcal{X} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} is a non-negative function of its inputs. These kernels are called locally stationary kernels. For an in-depth review of locally stationary kernels refer to Genton et. al.

//Instantiate the base kernel
val kernel: LocalScalarKernel[I] = _

val scalingFunction: (I) => Double = _

val scKernel = new LocallyStationaryKernel(
    kernel, DataPipe(scalingFunction))

Polynomial Kernel

A very popular non-stationary kernel used in machine learning, the polynomial represents the data features as polynomial expansions up to an index d.

C(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y}) = (\mathbf{x}^\intercal \mathbf{y} + a)^{d}
val fbm = new PolynomialKernel(2, 0.99)

Fractional Brownian Field (FBM) Kernel

C(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y}) = \frac{1}{2}\left(||\mathbf{x}||_{2}^{2H} + ||\mathbf{y}||_{2}^{2H} - ||\mathbf{x}-\mathbf{y}||_{2}^{2H}\right)
val fbm = new FBMKernel(0.99)

The FBM kernel is the generalization of fractional Brownian motion to multi-variate index sets. Fractional Brownian motion is a stochastic process which is the generalization of Brownian motion, it was first studied by Mandelbrot and Von Ness. It is a self similar stochastic process, with stationary increments. However the process itself is non-stationary (as can be seen from the expression for the kernel) and has long range non vanishing covariance.

Maximum Likelihood Perceptron Kernel

The maximum likelihood perceptron (MLP) kernel, was first arrived at in Radford Neal's thesis, by considering the limiting case of a bayesian feed forward neural network with sigmoid activation.

C(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y}) = sin^{-1} \left (\frac{w \mathbf{x}^\intercal \mathbf{y} + b}{(w \mathbf{x}^\intercal \mathbf{x} + b) (w \mathbf{y}^\intercal \mathbf{y} + b)} \right )

Neural Network Kernel

Also a result of limiting case of bayesian neural networks, albeit with erf(.) as the transfer function.

C(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y}) = \frac{2}{\pi} sin \left (\frac{2 \mathbf{x}^\intercal \Sigma \mathbf{y}}{(2 \mathbf{x}^\intercal \Sigma \mathbf{x} + 1) (2 \mathbf{y}^\intercal \Sigma \mathbf{y} + 1)} \right )