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Learning to Detect Partially Labeled People

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Yaron Rachlin, John M. Dolan, Pradeep K. Khosla
Deployed vision systems often encounter image variations poorly represented in their training data. While observing their environment, such vision systems obtain unlabeled data that could be used to compensate for incomplete training. In order to exploit these relatively cheap and abundant unlabeled data we present a family of algorithms called λMEEM. Using these algorithms, we train an appearance-based people detection model. In contrast to approaches that rely on a large number of manually labeled training points, we use a partially labeled data set to capture appearance variation. One can both avoid the tedium of additional manual labeling and obtain improved detection performance by augmenting a labeled training set with unlabeled data. Further, enlarging the original training set with new unlabeled points enables the update of detection models after deployment without human intervention. To support these claims we show people detection results, and compare our performance to a purely generative Expectation Maximization-based approach to learning over partially labeled data.


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