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I verified for 0 versus 7 case and I am getting exactly same number of support vectors. (and also Ein and Eout)
Haven't explored using sv coefficients for calculating the error. I am using this API: double svm_predict(const struct svm_model *model, const struct svm_node *x); from 'svm.h' that returns the predicted class value. I am calling this method in loop for all the test points and comparing against the ground truth (y array from svm_problem) to compute Ein or Eout. 
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Thanks, thanks, thanks!
Like Ivan Keller, I at first wasn't setting the gamma and coef0 parameters. I know what gamma is for the radial kernel, but what does it mean for the polynomial kernel? And what is coef0? The bias? If so, why would the default be 0? Wouldn't you usually want an intercept? 
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also, from the python docs:   kernel : string, optional (default='rbf')  Specifies the kernel type to be used in the algorithm.  It must be one of 'linear', 'poly', 'rbf', 'sigmoid', 'precomputed' or  a callable.  If none is given, 'rbf' will be used. If a callable is given it is  used to precompute the kernel matrix.   degree : int, optional (default=3)  Degree of kernel function.  It is significant only in 'poly' and 'sigmoid'.   gamma : float, optional (default=0.0)  Kernel coefficient for 'rbf' and 'poly'.  If gamma is 0.0 then 1/n_features will be used instead.   coef0 : float, optional (default=0.0)  Independent term in kernel function.  It is only significant in 'poly' and 'sigmoid'. 
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If my understanding is correct, the support vectors are some points from the input data set (in particular, the points that are "supporting" the decision boundary.) So I expect that the support vectors that are being reported in the model file should be found in the raw training data. But for some reason, I do not see that. None of the support vectors that the package calculates are in the raw data. Am I missing something? How would one go about constructing the final hypothesis from the support vectors and coefficients that are reported in the model file? 
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Now I have a different problem (sorry to bug you all, thanks for your help). I'm getting the right (or at least, the same) results as the rest of you. But now I can't get answers to Q5 and Q6. I'm getting more than one statement being true, and numbers are not increasing/decreasing monotonically.
Suggestions? Hints? 
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Never mind: "goes down" is to be interpreted as "goes down monotonically".

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As per another thread, when it says it goes up or goes down, it means it goes strictly, not monotonically.

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Right. Strictly, that's what I meant to say.

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