Towards Automatic Discovery of Object Categories
We propose a method to learn heterogeneous models of object classes for visual recognition. The training images contain a preponderance of clutter and learning is unsupervised. Our models represent objects as probabilistic constellations of rigid parts (features). The variability within a class is represented by a joint probability density function on the shape of the constellation and the appearance of the parts. Our method automatically identifies distinctive features in the training set. The set of model parameters is then learned using expectation maximization (see the companion paper  for details). When trained on different, unlabeled and unsegmented views of a class of objects, each component of the mixture model can adapt to represent a subset of the views. Similarly, different component models can also specialize on sub-classes of an object class. Experiments on images of human heads, leaves from different species of trees, and motorcars demonstrate that the method works well over a wide variety of objects.
Text ReferenceMarkus Weber, Max Welling, and Pietro Perona. Towards automatic discovery of object categories. In CVPR, II: 101–108. 2000.
AUTHOR = "Weber, Markus and Welling, Max and Perona, Pietro",
TAG = "object_recognition",
TITLE = "Towards Automatic Discovery of Object Categories",
BOOKTITLE = "CVPR",
YEAR = "2000",
PAGES = "II: 101-108",
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