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Variational Mixture of Experts for Classification with Applications to Landmine Detection

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Variational Mixture of Experts for Classification with Applications to Landmine Detection
Abstract--In this paper, we (1) provide a complete framework for classification using Variational Mixture of Experts (VME); (2) derive the variational lower bound; and (3) apply the method to landmine, or simply mine, detection and compare the results to the Mixtures of Experts trained with Expectation Maximization (EMME). VME has previously been used for regression and Waterhouse explained how to apply VME to classification (which we will call as VMEC). However, the steps to train the model were not made clear since the equations were applicable to vector valued parameters as opposed to matrices for each expert. Also, a variational lower bound was not provided. The variational lower bound provides an excellent stopping criterion that resists over-training. We demonstrate the efficacy of the method on real-world mine classification; in which, training robust mine classification algorithms is difficult because of the small number of samples per class. In our experiments VMEC consistentl...
Seniha Esen Yuksel, Paul D. Gader
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where ICPR
Authors Seniha Esen Yuksel, Paul D. Gader
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