#ann #embedding #dimension-reduction #umap

bin+lib annembed

a Rust implementation of a dimension reduction à la Umap

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A data embedding tool and related data analysis or clustering

The crate provides mainly in the form of a library (See documentation of the binary embed for a small executable embedding data in csv files):

  1. Some variations on data embedding tools from t-Sne (2008) to Umap(2018).

    Our implementation is a mix of the various embedding algorithms mentioned in References.

  • The graph is initialized by the Hnsw nearest neighbour algorithm as implemented in: hnsw_rs.
    This provides for free, sub-sampling in the data to embed by considering only less densely occupied layers (the upper layers). This corresponds generally to a subsampling of 2%-4%, but can give a guarantee as the distance beetween points leaved out the sampling and its nearest sampled neighbour are known. The hnsw structure thus enables also an iterative/hierarchical initialization of the embedding by taking into account an increasing number of layers.

  • The preliminary graph built for the embedding uses an exponential function of distances to neighbour nodes (as in Umap),but keeps a probability normalization constraint with respect to neighbours (as in T-sne). It is possible to modulate the initial edge weight by : - Considering a power of the distance function to neighbours (See documentation in module EmbedderParams).
    - Increase or decrease the impact of the local density of points around each node. There is no symetrization of the graph. (except when initializing the embedding with diffusion maps in this case it is done as in t-sne or LargeVis). We use the diffusion maps algorithm (Lafon-Keller-Coifman).

  • We also use a cross entropy optimization of this initial layout but take into account the initial local density estimate of each point when computing the cauchy weight of an embedded edge. The corresponding "perplexity" distribution is estimated on the fly. (See documentation in module EmbedderParams).

  • We provide a tentative assesment of the continuity of the embedding to help selecting among varying results between runs for a given data set. This is detailed in the documentation of function Embedder::get_quality_estimate_from_edge_length.

  1. Some by-products :

    • an implementation of range approximation and approximated SVD for dense and/or row compressed matrices as described in the svdapprox module and the paper of Halko-Tropp (Cf. Tsvd).

    • An estimation of the data intrinsic dimension as described in:
      Levina E. and Bickel P.J NIPS 2004. See paper.

    • An estimation of the hubness of the graph of the Hnsw structure as described in: Radovanovic M., Nanopoulos A. and Ivanovic M. See paper

    • a Diffusion Maps implementation.

    • A link to the Topological Data Analysis Julia package Ripserer.jl (See the directory Julia in the crate).
      The distance matrix between points in a neighbourhood or from a reduced projected graph can be dumped to further processsing (see docs in module fromhnsw::toripserer). It is thus possible to produce persistence diagrams/barcodes of cloud points with the aid of the julia functions provided in the Julia directory of this crate (providing also visualization of the embedded data from the related csv files results).


The crate provides 3 features to choose between openblas-static, intel-mkl-static or openblas-system as defined in the ndarray-linalg crate.

compile with :

  • cargo build --release --features="openblas-static" to link statically with rust downloaded openblas

  • cargo build --release --features="intel-mkl-static" to link with mkl intel's library (intel mkl will be automatically downloaded, see README.md of crate ndarray-linalg)

  • cargo build --release --features="openblas-system" to link with system installed openblas library. (In this case you must have an openblas library compiled with INTERFACE64=0, corresponding to 32bit fortran integers).

Alternatively define the default in Cargo.toml.

  • Julia can be downloaded from julia. Packages mentionned by a using clause in julia sources must then be installed see Pkg. Then in a Julia REPL, include("annembed.jl") give access to functions Annembed.localPersistency and Annembed.projectedPersistency. Possibly you will need to run export LD_PRELOAD=/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6 or equivalent to force Julia to use your C++ library, due to subtle interaction between GPU drivers and GLFW.jl see.


Timings are given for a 24-core (32 threads) i9 laptop with 64Gb memory.

Embedder examples

Sources of examples are in corresponding directory.

  1. MNIST digits database Cf mnist-digits

    It consists in 70000 images of handwritten digits of 784 pixels

    • initialized by an approximated svd.

    It tooks 11s (system time) to run (cpu time 270s), of which 3s were spent in the ann construction.


    • hierarchical initialization


    It took 11s to run (334s of cpu time) of which 3s were spent in the ann construction.

    • The estimated intrinsic dimension of the data is 18.5 with standard deviation depending on points: 7.2 taking into account sorted neighbours around each point between the 9-th and 20-th first ranks.
  2. MNIST fashion database Cf mnist-fashion

    It consists in 70000 images of clothes.

    • initialized by an approximated svd.


    system time : 14s, cpu time 428s

    • hierarchical initialization (This is useful for large data embedding where we initialize the embedding with first layers above the deeper populated ones of the Hnsw structure to speed up the process).


    system time : 15s, cpu time 466s

    • The estimated intrinsic dimension of the data is 21.9 with standard deviation depending on points is 12.2, taking into account sorted neighbours around each point between the 9-th and 20-th first ranks.
  3. Higgs boson Cf Higgs-data

    It consists in 11 millions float vectors of dimension 28. We use only the first 21 columns, keeping out the last 7 variables constructed by the physicists to help the discrimination in machine learning tasks.

    • hierarchical initialization

      The hsnw structure needs 50mn for initialization. We run 200 batches in the first pass by using layers from layer 1 (included) to the upper layer. The first batches runs thus on about 460000 nodes. Then 40 batches are done on the 11 millions points.
      The gradient iterations needs 1.5 hours, the whole embedding runs in 2h35.
      Quality estimation do not run, presently, due to the size of data. Nevertheless basic exploration of the data can be found in a Notebook at Higgs.jl to assess the quality of the embedding.


    • Diffusion Maps initialization in the non hierarchical case.

      In the direct case the initial diffusion maps with approximated svd runs in 1650 sec and produces the following initialization image:



    // allocation of a Hnsw structure to store data
    let ef_c = 50;
    let max_nb_connection = 70;
    let nbimages = images_as_v.len();
    let nb_layer = 16.min((nbimages as f32).ln().trunc() as usize);
    let hnsw = Hnsw::<f32, DistL2>::new(max_nb_connection, nbimages, nb_layer, ef_c, DistL2{});
    let data_with_id : Vec<(&Vec<f32>, usize)>= images_as_v.iter().zip(0..images_as_v.len()).collect();
    // data insertion in the hnsw structure
    // choice of embedding parameters 
    let mut embed_params = EmbedderParams::new();
    embed_params.nb_grad_batch = 15;
    embed_params.scale_rho = 1.;
    embed_params.beta = 1.;
    embed_params.grad_step = 1.;
    embed_params.nb_sampling_by_edge = 10;
    embed_params.dmap_init = true;
    // conversion of the hnsw to a graph structure
    let knbn = 8;
    let kgraph = kgraph_from_hnsw_all(&hnsw, knbn).unwrap();
    // allocation of the embedder and embedding
    embedder = Embedder::new(&kgraph, embed_params);
    let embed_res = embedder.embed();

Randomized SVD

The randomized SVD is based on the paper of Halko-Tropp. The implementation covers dense matrices or matrices in compressed row storage as provided in the sprs crate.

Two algorithms for range approximation used in approximated SVD are:

  • subspace_iteration_csr , corresponds to algo 4.4 in Tropp paper. It uses QR stabilization.

  • adaptative_range_finder_matrep correponds to algo 4.2 in Tropp paper. The algorithm is less precise than subspace_iteration_csr but can work on larger matrices for example on sparse matrices with a million rows.


  • Visualizing data using t_sne. Van der Maaten and Hinton 2008.

  • Visualizing Large Scale High Dimensional Data Tang Liu WWW2016 2016 LargeVis

  • Phate Visualizing Structure and Transitions for Biological Data Exploration K.R Moon 2017.

  • Umap: Uniform Manifold Approximation and Projection for Dimension Reduction. L.MacInnes, J.Healy and J.Melville 2018


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  1. Apache License, Version 2.0, LICENSE-APACHE or http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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