2016 Volume 31 Issue 6 Pages AI30-I_1-9
Piecewise sparse linear regression models using factorized asymptotic Bayesian inference (a.k.a. FAB/HME) have recently been employed in practical applications in many industries as a core algorithm of the Heterogeneous Mixture Learning technology. Such applications include sales forecasting in retail stores, energy demand prediction of buildings for smart city, parts demand prediction to optimize inventory, and so on. This paper extends FAB/HME for classification and conducts the following two essential improvements. First, we derive a refined version of factorized information criterion which offers a better approximation of Bayesian marginal log-likelihood. Second, we introduce an analytic quadratic lower bounding technique in an EM-like iterative optimization process of FAB/HME, which drastically reduces computational cost. Experimental results show that advantages of our piecewise sparse linear classification over state-of-the-art piecewise linear models.