NIPS 1997 Workshop
Support Vector Machines
The Support Vector (SV) learning algorithm (Boser, Guyon, Vapnik, 1992; Cortes, Vapnik, 1995; Vapnik, 1995) provides a general method for solving Pattern Recognition, Regression Estimation and Operator Inversion problems. The method is based on results in the theory of learning with finite sample sizes. The last few years have witnessed an increasing interest in SV machines, due largely to excellent results in pattern recognition, regression estimation and time series prediction experiments. The purpose of this workshop is (1) to provide an overview of recent developments in SV machines, ranging from theoretical results to applications, (2) to explore connections with other methods, and (3) to identify weaknesses, strengths and directions for future research for SVMs. We invite contributions on SV machines and related approaches, looking for empirical support wherever possible.
The workshop was held in Breckenridge, Colorado, on December 6, 1997.