Deep Multi-instance Learning with Dynamic Pooling


Yongluan Yan, Xinggang Wang, Xiaojie Guo, Jiemin Fang, Wenyu Liu, Junzhou Huang ;
Proceedings of The 10th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 95:662-677, 2018.


End-to-end optimization of multi-instance learning (MIL) using neural networks is an important problem with many applications, in which a core issue is how to design a permutation-invariant pooling function without losing much instance-level information. Inspired by the dynamic routing in recent capsule networks, we propose a novel dynamic pooling function for MIL. It is an adaptive scheme for both key instance selection and modeling the contextual information among instances in a bag. The dynamic pooling iteratively updates the instance contribution to its bag. It is permutation-invariant and can interpret instance-to-bag relationship. The proposed dynamic pooling based multi-instance neural network has been validated on many MIL tasks and outperforms other MIL methods.

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