Alpha Net: Adaptation with Composition in Classifier Space

08/17/2020 ∙ by Nadine Chang, et al. ∙ 0

Deep learning classification models typically train poorly on classes with small numbers of examples. Motivated by the human ability to solve this task, models have been developed that transfer knowledge from classes with many examples to learn classes with few examples. Critically, the majority of these models transfer knowledge within model feature space. In this work, we demonstrate that transferring knowledge within classified space is more effective and efficient. Specifically, by linearly combining strong nearest neighbor classifiers along with a weak classifier, we are able to compose a stronger classifier. Uniquely, our model can be implemented on top of any existing classification model that includes a classifier layer. We showcase the success of our approach in the task of long-tailed recognition, whereby the classes with few examples, otherwise known as the "tail" classes, suffer the most in performance and are the most challenging classes to learn. Using classifier-level knowledge transfer, we are able to drastically improve - by a margin as high as 12.6 categories.

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