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Transfer Learning for Image Classification

Ying Lu 1
1 imagine - Extraction de Caractéristiques et Identification
LIRIS - Laboratoire d'InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d'information
Abstract : When learning a classification model for a new target domain with only a small amount of training samples, brute force application of machine learning algorithms generally leads to over-fitted classifiers with poor generalization skills. On the other hand, collecting a sufficient number of manually labeled training samples may prove very expensive. Transfer Learning methods aim to solve this kind of problems by transferring knowledge from related source domain which has much more data to help classification in the target domain. Depending on different assumptions about target domain and source domain, transfer learning can be further categorized into three categories: Inductive Transfer Learning, Transductive Transfer Learning (Domain Adaptation) and Unsupervised Transfer Learning. We focus on the first one which assumes that the target task and source task are different but related. More specifically, we assume that both target task and source task are classification tasks, while the target categories and source categories are different but related. We propose two different methods to approach this ITL problem. In the first work we propose a new discriminative transfer learning method, namely DTL, combining a series of hypotheses made by both the model learned with target training samples, and the additional models learned with source category samples. Specifically, we use the sparse reconstruction residual as a basic discriminant, and enhance its discriminative power by comparing two residuals from a positive and a negative dictionary. On this basis, we make use of similarities and dissimilarities by choosing both positively correlated and negatively correlated source categories to form additional dictionaries. A new Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney statistic based cost function is proposed to choose the additional dictionaries with unbalanced training data. Also, two parallel boosting processes are applied to both the positive and negative data distributions to further improve classifier performance. On two different image classification databases, the proposed DTL consistently out performs other state-of-the-art transfer learning methods, while at the same time maintaining very efficient runtime. In the second work we combine the power of Optimal Transport and Deep Neural Networks to tackle the ITL problem. Specifically, we propose a novel method to jointly fine-tune a Deep Neural Network with source data and target data. By adding an Optimal Transport loss (OT loss) between source and target classifier predictions as a constraint on the source classifier, the proposed Joint Transfer Learning Network (JTLN) can effectively learn useful knowledge for target classification from source data. Furthermore, by using different kind of metric as cost matrix for the OT loss, JTLN can incorporate different prior knowledge about the relatedness between target categories and source categories. We carried out experiments with JTLN based on Alexnet on image classification datasets and the results verify the effectiveness of the proposed JTLN in comparison with standard consecutive fine-tuning. To the best of our knowledge, the proposed JTLN is the first work to tackle ITL with Deep Neural Networks while incorporating prior knowledge on relatedness between target and source categories. This Joint Transfer Learning with OT loss is general and can also be applied to other kind of Neural Networks.
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Ying Lu. Transfer Learning for Image Classification. Other. Université de Lyon, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017LYSEC045⟩. ⟨tel-02065405⟩



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