Active rare class discovery and classification using Dirichlet processes


Haines, T. S.F., and Xiang, T., 2014. Active rare class discovery and classification using Dirichlet processes. International Journal of Computer Vision, 106 (3), pp. 315-331.

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    Classification is used to solve countless problems. Many real world computer vision problems, such as visual surveillance, contain uninteresting but common classes alongside interesting but rare classes. The rare classes are often unknown, and need to be discovered whilst training a classifier. Given a data set active learning selects the members within it to be labelled for the purpose of constructing a classifier, optimising the choice to get the best classifier for the least amount of effort. We propose an active learning method for scenarios with unknown, rare classes, where the problems of classification and rare class discovery need to be tackled jointly. By assuming a non-parametric prior on the data the goals of new class discovery and classification refinement are automatically balanced, without any tunable parameters. The ability to work with any specific classifier is maintained, so it may be used with the technique most appropriate for the problem at hand. Results are provided for a large variety of problems, demonstrating superior performance.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsHaines, T. S.F.,and Xiang, T.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
    Research CentresEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Mathematics (SAMBa)
    Publisher Statementdp_al_j.pdf: The final publication is available at Springer via
    ID Code56738


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