Stable Learning in Coding Space for Multi-class Decoding and Its Extension for Multi-class Hypothesis Transfer Learning

Bang Zhang, Yi Wang, Yang Wang, Fang Chen

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Many prevalent multi-class classification approaches can be unified and generalized by the output coding framework which usually consists of three phases: (1) coding, (2) learning binary classifiers, and (3) decoding. Most of these approaches focus on the first two phases and predefined distance function is used for decoding. In this paper, however, we propose to perform learning in coding space for more adaptive decoding, thereby improving overall performance. Ramp loss is exploited for measuring multi-class decoding error. The proposed algorithm has uniform stability. It is insensitive to data noises and scalable with large scale datasets. Generalization error bound and numerical results are given with promising outcomes.

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