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Support vector machine (SVM) classifiers use multivariate patterns to separate two groups by a hyperplane with maximal margin. This strategy tends to obtain good generalisation accuracy on even very high dimensional applications. However, SVMs are not well suited to unbalanced data with very different numbers of cases in each group. In this work we implement a properly cross-validated method for altering the SVM threshold (also known as the bias or cut-point) to re-balance the sensitivity and specificity.

Type

Conference paper

Publication Date

16/07/2011

Keywords

SVM, MVPA, Classifier, Classification