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Problems in Large-Scale Image Classification
Yuchen Guo

Last modified: 2017-02-12


The number of images is growing rapidly in recent years because of development of Internet, especially the social networks like Facebook, and the popularization of portable image capture devices like smart phone. Annotating them with semantically meaningful words to describe them, i.e., classification, is a useful way to manage these images. However, the huge number of images and classes brings several challenges to classification, of which two are 1) how to measure the similarity efficiently between large-scale images, for example, measuring similarity between samples is the building block for SVM and kNN classifiers, and 2) how to train supervised classification models for newly emerging classes with only a few or even no labeled samples because new concepts appear every day in the Web, like Tesla's Model S. The research of my Ph. D. thesis focuses on the two problems in large-scale image classification mentioned above. Formally, these two problems are termed as large-scale similarity search which focuses on the large scale of samples/images and zero-shot/few-shots learning which focuses on the large scale of classes. Specifically, my research considers the following three aspects: 1) hashing based large-scale similarity search which adopts hashing to improve the efficiency; 2) cross-class transfer active learning which simultaneously transfers knowledge from the abundant labeled samples in the Web and selects the most informative samples for expert labeling such that we can construct effective classifiers for novel classes with only a few labeled samples; and 3) zero-shot learning which utilizes no labeled samples for novel classes at all to build supervised classifiers for them by transferring knowledge from the related classes.


Large-scale Similarity Search, Cross-class Transfer Active Learning, Zero-shot Learning

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