Two Cycle Learning: Clustering Based Regularisation for Deep Semi-Supervised Classification

01/15/2020 ∙ by Philip Sellars, et al. ∙ 0

This works addresses the challenge of classification with minimal annotations. Obtaining annotated data is time consuming, expensive and can require expert knowledge. As a result, there is an acceleration towards semi-supervised learning (SSL) approaches which utilise large amounts of unlabelled data to improve classification performance. The vast majority of SSL approaches have focused on implementing the low-density separation assumption, in which the idea is that decision boundaries should lie in low density regions. However, they have implemented this assumption by treating the dataset as a set of individual attributes rather than as a global structure, which limits the overall performance of the classifier. Therefore, in this work, we go beyond this implementation and propose a novel SSL framework called two-cycle learning. For the first cycle, we use clustering based regularisation that allows for improved decision boundaries as well as features that generalises well. The second cycle is set as a graph based SSL that take advantages of the richer discriminative features of the first cycle to significantly boost the accuracy of generated pseudo-labels. We evaluate our two-cycle learning method extensively across multiple datasets, outperforming current approaches.



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