# Estimating Local Function Complexity via Mixture of Gaussian Processes.

Abstract

Real world data often exhibit inhomogeneity, e.g., the noise level, the sampling distribution or the complexity of the target function may change over the input space. In this paper, we try to isolate local function complexity in a practical, robust way. This is achieved by first estimating the locally optimal kernel bandwidth as a functional relationship. Specifically, we propose Spatially Adaptive Bandwidth Estimation in Regression (SABER), which employs the mixture of experts consisting of multinomial kernel logistic regression as a gate and Gaussian process regression models as experts. Using the locally optimal kernel bandwidths, we deduce an estimate to the local function complexity by drawing parallels to the theory of locally linear smoothing. We demonstrate the usefulness of local function complexity for model interpretation and active learning in quantum chemistry experiments and fluid dynamics simulations.