Instance Specific Discriminative Modal Pursuit: A Serialized Approach

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Yang Yang, De-Chuan Zhan, Ying Fan, Yuan Jiang ;
Proceedings of the Ninth Asian Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 77:65-80, 2017.

Abstract

With the fast development of data collection techniques, a huge amount of complex multi-modal data are generated, shared and stored on the Internet. The burden of extracting multi-modal features for test instances in data analysis becomes the main fact that hurts the efficiency of prediction. In this paper, in order to reduce the modal extraction cost in serialized classification system, we propose a novel end-to-end serialized adaptive decision approach named Discriminative Modal Pursuit (\sc Dmp), which can automatically extract instance-specifically discriminative modal sequence for reducing the cost of feature extraction in the test phase. Rather than jointly optimize a highly non-convex empirical risk minimization problem, we are inspired by LSTM, and the proposed \sc Dmp can turn to learn the decision policies which predict the label information and decide the modalities to be extracted simultaneously within limited modal acquisition budget. Consequently, \sc Dmp approach can balance the classification performance and modal feature extraction cost by utilizing different modalities for different test instances. Empirical studies show that \sc Dmp is more efficient and effective than existing modal/feature extraction methods.

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