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Active Class Incremental Learning for Imbalanced Datasets

08/25/2020
by   Eden Belouadah, et al.
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Incremental Learning (IL) allows AI systems to adapt to streamed data. Most existing algorithms make two strong hypotheses which reduce the realism of the incremental scenario: (1) new data are assumed to be readily annotated when streamed and (2) tests are run with balanced datasets while most real-life datasets are actually imbalanced. These hypotheses are discarded and the resulting challenges are tackled with a combination of active and imbalanced learning. We introduce sample acquisition functions which tackle imbalance and are compatible with IL constraints. We also consider IL as an imbalanced learning problem instead of the established usage of knowledge distillation against catastrophic forgetting. Here, imbalance effects are reduced during inference through class prediction scaling. Evaluation is done with four visual datasets and compares existing and proposed sample acquisition functions. Results indicate that the proposed contributions have a positive effect and reduce the gap between active and standard IL performance.

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