MDP2.0RC released

MDP 2.0 introduces some important structural changes.

It is now possible to implement nodes with multiple training phases and even nodes with an undetermined number of phases. This allows for example the implementation of algorithms that need to collect some statistics on the whole input before proceeding with the actual training, or others that need to iterate over a training phase until a convergence criterion is satisfied. The ability to train each phase using chunks of input data is maintained if the chunks are generated with iterators.

Moreover, it is now possible to define nodes that require supervised training in a very straightforward way by passing additional arguments (e.g., labels or a target output) to the 'train' method.

Furthermore, new algorithms have been added, expanding the base of readily available basic data processing elements. Currently implemented algorithms include Principal Component Analysis, two flavors of Independent Component Analysis, Slow Feature Analysis, Gaussian Classifiers, Growing Neural Gas, Fisher Discriminant Analysis, and Factor Analysis.

As its user base is steadily increasing, MDP appears as a good candidate for becoming a common repository of user-supplied, freely available, Python implemented data processing algorithms.

Posted by Tiziano Zito 2006-06-30