Nonparametric Functional Approximation with Delaunay Triangulation

Yehong Liu, Guosheng Yin

We propose a differentiable nonparametric algorithm, the Delaunay triangulation learner (DTL), to solve the functional approximation problem on the basis of a $p$-dimensional feature space. By conducting the Delaunay triangulation algorithm on the data points, the DTL partitions the feature space into a series of $p$-dimensional simplices in a geometrically optimal way, and fits a linear model within each simplex. We study its theoretical properties by exploring the geometric properties of the Delaunay triangulation, and compare its performance with other statistical learners in numerical studies.

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