Deep Learning-Based Image Kernel for Inductive Transfer

12/13/2015 ∙ by Neeraj Kumar, et al. ∙ 0

We propose a method to classify images from target classes with a small number of training examples based on transfer learning from non-target classes. Without using any more information than class labels for samples from non-target classes, we train a Siamese net to estimate the probability of two images to belong to the same class. With some post-processing, output of the Siamese net can be used to form a gram matrix of a Mercer kernel. Coupled with a support vector machine (SVM), such a kernel gave reasonable classification accuracy on target classes without any fine-tuning. When the Siamese net was only partially fine-tuned using a small number of samples from the target classes, the resulting classifier outperformed the state-of-the-art and other alternatives. We share class separation capabilities and insights into the learning process of such a kernel on MNIST, Dogs vs. Cats, and CIFAR-10 datasets.

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