Hierarchical Latent Dictionaries for Models of Brain Activation


Alona Fyshe, Emily Fox, David Dunson, Tom Mitchell ;
Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 22:409-421, 2012.


In this work, we propose a hierarchical latent dictionary approach to estimate the time-varying mean and covariance of a process for which we have only limited noisy samples. We fully leverage the limited sample size and redundancy in sensor measurements by transferring knowledge through a hierarchy of lower dimensional latent processes. As a case study, we utilize Magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of brain activity to identify the word being viewed by a human subject. Specifically, we identify the word category for a single noisy MEG recording, when given only limited noisy samples on which to train.

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