A Comparison of Validation Methods for Learning Vector Quantization and for Support Vector Machines on Two Biomedical Data Sets

  • David Sommer
  • Martin Golz
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


We compare two comprehensive classification algorithms, support vector machines (SVM) and several variants of learning vector quantization (LVQ), with respect to different validation methods. The generalization ability is estimated by “multiple-hold-out” (MHO) and by “leave-one-out” (LOO) cross v method. The ξα-method, a further estimation method, which is only applicable for SVM and is computationally more efficient, is also used.

Calculations on two different biomedical data sets generated of experimental data measured in our own laboratory are presented. The first data set contains 748 feature vectors extracted of posturographic signals which were obtained in investigations of balance control in upright standing of 48 young adults. Two different classes are labelled as “without alcoholic impairment” and “with alcoholic impairment”. This classification task aims the detection of small unknown changes in a relative complex signal with high inter-individual variability.

The second data set contains 6432 feature vectors extracted of electroencephalographic and electroocculographic signals recorded during overnight driving simulations of 22 young adults. Short intrusions of sleep during driving, so-called microsleep events, were observed. They form examples of the first class. The second class contains examples of fatigue states, whereas driving is still possible. If microsleep events happen in typical states of brain activity, the recorded signals should contain typical alterations, and therefore discrimination from signals of the second class, which do not refer to such states, should be possible.

Optimal kernel parameters of SVM are found by searching minimal test errors with all three validation methods. Results obtained on both different biomedical data sets show different optimal kernel parameters depending on the validation method. It is shown, that the ξα-method seems to be biased and therefore LOO or MHO method should be preferred.

A comparison of eight different variants of LVQ and six other classification methods using MHO validation yields that SVM performs best for the second and more complex data set and SVM, GRLVQ and OLVQ1 show nearly the same performance for the first data set.


Support Vector Machine Test Error Training Error Learn Vector Quantization Unsupervised Learning Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Sommer
    • 1
  • Martin Golz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Applied Sciences SchmalkaldenGermany

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