An algorithm for intrinsic dimensionality estimation

  • J. Bruske
  • G. Sommer
Pattern Analysis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1296)


In this paper a new method for analyzing the intrinsic dimensionality (ID) of low dimensional manifolds in high dimensional feature spaces is presented. The basic idea is to first extract a low-dimensional representation that captures the intrinsic topological structure of the input data and then to analyze this representation, i.e. to estimate the intrinsic dimensionality. Compared to previous approaches based on 1ocal PCA the method has a number of important advantages: First, it can be shown to have only linear time complexity w.r.t. the dimensionality of the input space (in contrast to the cubic complexity of the conventional approach) and hence becomes applicable even for very high dimensional input spaces. Second, it is less sensitive to noise than former approaches, and, finally, the extracted representation can be directly used for further data processing tasks including auto-association and classification.

The presented method for ID estimation is illustrated on a synthetic data set. It has also been successfully applied to ID estimation of full scale image sequences, see [BS97].


Quantization Error High Dimensional Feature Space Linear Time Complexity Topology Preservation Local Subspace 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bruske
    • 1
  • G. Sommer
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science InstituteChristian-Albrechts University zu KielGermany

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