[SciPy-user] KDE question

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Thu Nov 15 22:03:59 CST 2007

David Cournapeau wrote:

> For kernel estimators, you assume each component is the same 'shape', (I 
> mean same covariance matrix) right ?

This is the only form that has been implemented, yes. Fancier implementations
can adapt the covariance matrix (in KDE jargon, "bandwidth") of the kernels to
take into account the properties of the local neighborhood. However, this is
usually only done in 1-D because N-D sorting is hard.

> Maybe this make the computation 
> feasible (find all the points such as sum_i{a_i f(x - \mu_i)} = cst) ?

That boils down to evaluating on the grid again, I think.

Robert Kern

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 an underlying truth."
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