step_kpca a specification of a recipe step that will convert numeric data into one or more principal components using a kernel basis expansion.

  role = "predictor",
  trained = FALSE,
  num_comp = 5,
  res = NULL,
  options = list(kernel = "rbfdot", kpar = list(sigma = 0.2)),
  prefix = "kPC",
  skip = FALSE,
  id = rand_id("kpca")

# S3 method for step_kpca
tidy(x, ...)



A recipe object. The step will be added to the sequence of operations for this recipe.


One or more selector functions to choose which variables will be used to compute the components. See selections() for more details. For the tidy method, these are not currently used.


For model terms created by this step, what analysis role should they be assigned? By default, the function assumes that the new principal component columns created by the original variables will be used as predictors in a model.


A logical to indicate if the quantities for preprocessing have been estimated.


The number of PCA components to retain as new predictors. If num_comp is greater than the number of columns or the number of possible components, a smaller value will be used.


An S4 kernlab::kpca() object is stored here once this preprocessing step has be trained by prep.recipe().


A list of options to kernlab::kpca(). Defaults are set for the arguments kernel and kpar but others can be passed in. Note that the arguments x and features should not be passed here (or at all).


A character string that will be the prefix to the resulting new variables. See notes below.


A logical. Should the step be skipped when the recipe is baked by bake.recipe()? While all operations are baked when prep.recipe() is run, some operations may not be able to be conducted on new data (e.g. processing the outcome variable(s)). Care should be taken when using skip = TRUE as it may affect the computations for subsequent operations


A character string that is unique to this step to identify it.


A step_kpca object


An updated version of recipe with the new step added to the sequence of existing steps (if any). For the tidy method, a tibble with columns terms (the selectors or variables selected).


Kernel principal component analysis (kPCA) is an extension of a PCA analysis that conducts the calculations in a broader dimensionality defined by a kernel function. For example, if a quadratic kernel function were used, each variable would be represented by its original values as well as its square. This nonlinear mapping is used during the PCA analysis and can potentially help find better representations of the original data.

This step requires the dimRed and kernlab packages. If not installed, the step will stop with a note about installing these packages.

As with ordinary PCA, it is important to standardize the variables prior to running PCA (step_center and step_scale can be used for this purpose).

When performing kPCA, the kernel function (and any important kernel parameters) must be chosen. The kernlab package is used and the reference below discusses the types of kernels available and their parameter(s). These specifications can be made in the kernel and kpar slots of the options argument to step_kpca.

The argument num_comp controls the number of components that will be retained (the original variables that are used to derive the components are removed from the data). The new components will have names that begin with prefix and a sequence of numbers. The variable names are padded with zeros. For example, if num_comp < 10, their names will be kPC1 - kPC9. If num_comp = 101, the names would be kPC001 - kPC101.


Scholkopf, B., Smola, A., and Muller, K. (1997). Kernel principal component analysis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1327, 583-588.

Karatzoglou, K., Smola, A., Hornik, K., and Zeileis, A. (2004). kernlab - An S4 package for kernel methods in R. Journal of Statistical Software, 11(1), 1-20.

See also


library(modeldata) data(biomass) biomass_tr <- biomass[biomass$dataset == "Training",] biomass_te <- biomass[biomass$dataset == "Testing",] rec <- recipe(HHV ~ carbon + hydrogen + oxygen + nitrogen + sulfur, data = biomass_tr) kpca_trans <- rec %>% step_YeoJohnson(all_numeric_predictors()) %>% step_normalize(all_numeric_predictors()) %>% step_kpca(all_numeric_predictors())
#> `step_kpca()` is deprecated in favor of either `step_kpca_rbf()` or `step_kpca_poly()`. It will be removed in future versions.
if (require(dimRed) & require(kernlab)) { kpca_estimates <- prep(kpca_trans, training = biomass_tr) kpca_te <- bake(kpca_estimates, biomass_te) rng <- extendrange(c(kpca_te$kPC1, kpca_te$kPC2)) plot(kpca_te$kPC1, kpca_te$kPC2, xlim = rng, ylim = rng) tidy(kpca_trans, number = 3) tidy(kpca_estimates, number = 3) }
#> 2021-04-16 16:07:29: Calculating kernel PCA
#> 2021-04-16 16:07:29: Trying to calculate reverse
#> 2021-04-16 16:07:30: DONE
#> # A tibble: 5 x 2 #> terms id #> <chr> <chr> #> 1 carbon kpca_Qw9rI #> 2 hydrogen kpca_Qw9rI #> 3 oxygen kpca_Qw9rI #> 4 nitrogen kpca_Qw9rI #> 5 sulfur kpca_Qw9rI