Some Solutions to the Missing Feature Problem in Vision

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Some Solutions to the Missing Feature Problem in Vision
In visual processing the ability to deal with missing and noisy information is crucial. Occlusions and unreliable feature detectors often lead to situations where little or no direct information about features is available. However the available information is usually sufficient to highly constrain the outputs. We discuss Bayesian techniques for extracting class probabilities given partial data. The optimal solution involves integrating over the missing dimensions weighted by the local probability densities. The framework extends naturally to the case of noisy information. We show how to obtain closed-form approximations to the Bayesian solution using Gaussian basis function networks. Simulations on a complex task (3D hand gesture recognition) validate the theory. When both integration and weighting by input densities are used, performance decreases gracefully with the number of missing or noisy features. Performance is substantially degraded if either step is omitted.
Subutai Ahmad, Volker Tresp
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Updated 07 Nov 2010
Type Conference
Year 1992
Where NIPS
Authors Subutai Ahmad, Volker Tresp
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