Neural Processing Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 133–154 | Cite as

On the Curse of Dimensionality in Supervised Learning of Smooth Regression Functions

  • Elia Liitiäinen
  • Francesco Corona
  • Amaury Lendasse


In this paper, the effect of dimensionality on the supervised learning of infinitely differentiable regression functions is analyzed. By invoking the Van Trees lower bound, we prove lower bounds on the generalization error with respect to the number of samples and the dimensionality of the input space both in a linear and non-linear context. It is shown that in non-linear problems without prior knowledge, the curse of dimensionality is a serious problem. At the same time, we speculate counter-intuitively that sometimes supervised learning becomes plausible in the asymptotic limit of infinite dimensionality.


Supervised learning Van Trees Minimax Analytic function Nonparametric regression High dimensional 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elia Liitiäinen
    • 1
  • Francesco Corona
    • 1
  • Amaury Lendasse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information and Computer ScienceAalto University School of Science and TechnologyAaltoFinland

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