Collaborative error reduction for hierarchical classification

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-90
Journal / PublicationComputer Vision and Image Understanding
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


Hierarchical classification (HC) is a popular and efficient way for detecting the semantic concepts from the images. The conventional method always selects the branch with the highest classification response. This branch selection strategy has a risk of propagating classification errors from higher levels of the hierarchy to the lower levels. We argue that the local strategy is too arbitrary, because the candidate nodes are considered individually, which ignores the semantic and context relationships among concepts. In this paper, we first propose a novel method for HC, which is able to utilize the semantic relationship among candidate nodes and their children to recover the responses of unreliable classifiers of the candidate nodes. Thus the error is expected to be reduced by a collaborative branch selection scheme. The approach is further extended to enable multiple branch selection, where other relationships (e.g., contextual information) are incorporated, with the hope of providing the branch selection a more globally valid, semantically and contextually consistent view. An extensive set of experiments on three large-scale datasets shows that the proposed methods outperform the conventional HC method, and achieve a satisfactory balance between the effectiveness and efficiency. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Concept detection, Error propagation, Large-scale hierarchy