Data selection using support vector regression

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Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 2015, 32 (3), pp. 277 - 286
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© 2015, Chinese National Committee for International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Science Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Geophysical data sets are growing at an ever-increasing rate, requiring computationally efficient data selection (thinning) methods to preserve essential information. Satellites, such as WindSat, provide large data sets for assessing the accuracy and computational efficiency of data selection techniques. A new data thinning technique, based on support vector regression (SVR), is developed and tested. To manage large on-line satellite data streams, observations from WindSat are formed into subsets by Voronoi tessellation and then each is thinned by SVR (TSVR). Three experiments are performed. The first confirms the viability of TSVR for a relatively small sample, comparing it to several commonly used data thinning methods (random selection, averaging and Barnes filtering), producing a 10% thinning rate (90% data reduction), low mean absolute errors (MAE) and large correlations with the original data. A second experiment, using a larger dataset, shows TSVR retrievals with MAE < 1 m s−1 and correlations ⩽ 0.98. TSVR was an order of magnitude faster than the commonly used thinning methods. A third experiment applies a two-stage pipeline to TSVR, to accommodate online data. The pipeline subsets reconstruct the wind field with the same accuracy as the second experiment, is an order of magnitude faster than the nonpipeline TSVR. Therefore, pipeline TSVR is two orders of magnitude faster than commonly used thinning methods that ingest the entire data set. This study demonstrates that TSVR pipeline thinning is an accurate and computationally efficient alternative to commonly used data selection techniques.
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