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Generate HDL code from SVM function in Matlab.

Asked by Mohamed Egila on 18 Oct 2017
Latest activity Commented on by Mohamed Egila on 24 Oct 2017
I'm having Matlab (R2016a), I need to generate HDL code from SVM function in Matlab. Please help. Thanks.


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Answer by Tim McBrayer on 18 Oct 2017
Edited by Tim McBrayer on 18 Oct 2017

The R2016a list of built-in MATLAB functions supported for HDL code generation can be found at .


Thanks for reply! However, as long as I don't see Support Vector Machine (SVM) in the list, does it mean that there is no other ways, or workarounds, please?
I don't know what SVM is or does, or how complex it is. There is always the option to create your own MATLAB implementation, using supported functions. Such user-written code should be valid for HDL code generation.
Hi Tim, SVM stands for "Support Vector Machine", it's a machine learning algorithm.

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Answer by Brian Ogilvie on 23 Oct 2017

Hi Mohamed,
The SVM function or ClassificationSVM object are not directly supported for HDL code generation but you can build your own version fairly easily. We had some internal projects that an intern worked on that involved an SVM for a size 36 feature vector that classified A-Z and 0-9. I can share the code that was created as a starting point for you. You will need to supply your trained Beta and Bias values plus decide on the data types that you need for your algorithm. This can generate a lot of logic and we were not able to fit much more than a detector and classifier for one digit in the smaller FPGA we were using at the time. Obviously, this is not production-ready code and just represents a starting point.
function y = fcn(u)
Beta = zeros(36,1);
Bias = zeros(36,1);
lin_u = zeros(36,1);
% Real Beta and Bias values from training set here
for ii=1:1:36
lin_u(ii) = Beta(ii).*u(ii) + Bias(ii);
f_neg = -lin_u;
f = 1-lin_u;
f(f<0) = 0;
f_neg = 1-f_neg;
f_neg(f_neg<0) = 0;
%%Function to perform easy sum
for i36=36-1:-1:1
for j=1:1:i36
for a36=36-1:-1:1
for b36=1:1:a36
for i=1:1:36
y = y_tmp(1); % the value of interest

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Thanks Brian for sharing. I will have a look on it.

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