Beyond Supervised Classification: Extreme Minimal Supervision with the Graph 1-Laplacian

06/20/2019 ∙ by Angelica I. Aviles-Rivero, et al. ∙ 0

We consider the task of classifying when an extremely reduced amount of labelled data is available. This problem is of a great interest, in several real-world problems, as obtaining large amounts of labelled data is expensive and time consuming. We present a novel semi-supervised framework for multi-class classification that is based on the normalised and non-smooth graph 1-Laplacian. Our transductive framework is framed under a novel functional with carefully selected class priors - that enforces a sufficiently smooth solution that strengthens the intrinsic relation between the labelled and unlabelled data. We demonstrate through extensive experimental results on large datasets CIFAR-10 and ChestX-ray14, that our method outperforms classic methods and readily competes with recent deep-learning approaches.

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