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Multi-task learning for underwater object classification
Author(s): J. R. Stack; F. Crosby; R. J. McDonald; Y. Xue; L. Carin
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this research is to jointly learn multiple classification tasks by appropriately sharing information between similar tasks. In this setting, examples of different tasks include the discrimination of targets from non-targets by different sonars or by the same sonar operating in sufficiently different environments. This is known as multi-task learning (MTL) and is accomplished via a Bayesian approach whereby the learned parameters for classifiers of similar tasks are drawn from a common prior. To learn which tasks are similar and the appropriate priors a Dirichlet process is employed and solved using mean field variational Bayesian inference. The result is that for many real-world instances where training data is limited MTL exhibits a significant improvement over both learning individual classifiers for each task as well as pooling all data and training one overall classifier. The performance of this method is demonstrated on simulated data and experimental data from multiple imaging sonars operating over multiple environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6553, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XII, 65530N (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717071
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J. R. Stack, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
F. Crosby, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
R. J. McDonald, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Y. Xue, Duke Univ. (United States)
L. Carin, Duke Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6553:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XII
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway Jr., Editor(s)

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