Models, code, and papers for "Yihan Gao":

On the Interpretability of Conditional Probability Estimates in the Agnostic Setting

Feb 28, 2017
Yihan Gao, Aditya Parameswaran, Jian Peng

We study the interpretability of conditional probability estimates for binary classification under the agnostic setting or scenario. Under the agnostic setting, conditional probability estimates do not necessarily reflect the true conditional probabilities. Instead, they have a certain calibration property: among all data points that the classifier has predicted P(Y = 1|X) = p, p portion of them actually have label Y = 1. For cost-sensitive decision problems, this calibration property provides adequate support for us to use Bayes Decision Theory. In this paper, we define a novel measure for the calibration property together with its empirical counterpart, and prove an uniform convergence result between them. This new measure enables us to formally justify the calibration property of conditional probability estimations, and provides new insights on the problem of estimating and calibrating conditional probabilities.


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The Importance of Norm Regularization in Linear Graph Embedding: Theoretical Analysis and Empirical Demonstration

Oct 12, 2018
Yihan Gao, Chao Zhang, Jian Peng, Aditya Parameswaran

Learning distributed representations for nodes in graphs is a crucial primitive in network analysis with a wide spectrum of applications. Linear graph embedding methods learn such representations by optimizing the likelihood of both positive and negative edges while constraining the dimension of the embedding vectors. We argue that the generalization performance of these methods is not due to the dimensionality constraint as commonly believed, but rather the small norm of embedding vectors. Both theoretical and empirical evidence are provided to support this argument: (a) we prove that the generalization error of these methods can be bounded by limiting the norm of vectors, regardless of the embedding dimension; (b) we show that the generalization performance of linear graph embedding methods is correlated with the norm of embedding vectors, which is small due to the early stopping of SGD and the vanishing gradients. We performed extensive experiments to validate our analysis and showcased the importance of proper norm regularization in practice.


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AI Oriented Large-Scale Video Management for Smart City: Technologies, Standards and Beyond

Dec 05, 2017
Lingyu Duan, Yihang Lou, Shiqi Wang, Wen Gao, Yong Rui

Deep learning has achieved substantial success in a series of tasks in computer vision. Intelligent video analysis, which can be broadly applied to video surveillance in various smart city applications, can also be driven by such powerful deep learning engines. To practically facilitate deep neural network models in the large-scale video analysis, there are still unprecedented challenges for the large-scale video data management. Deep feature coding, instead of video coding, provides a practical solution for handling the large-scale video surveillance data. To enable interoperability in the context of deep feature coding, standardization is urgent and important. However, due to the explosion of deep learning algorithms and the particularity of feature coding, there are numerous remaining problems in the standardization process. This paper envisions the future deep feature coding standard for the AI oriented large-scale video management, and discusses existing techniques, standards and possible solutions for these open problems.

* 8 pages, 8 figures, 5 tables 

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Improving Object Detection with Region Similarity Learning

Mar 01, 2017
Feng Gao, Yihang Lou, Yan Bai, Shiqi Wang, Tiejun Huang, Ling-Yu Duan

Object detection aims to identify instances of semantic objects of a certain class in images or videos. The success of state-of-the-art approaches is attributed to the significant progress of object proposal and convolutional neural networks (CNNs). Most promising detectors involve multi-task learning with an optimization objective of softmax loss and regression loss. The first is for multi-class categorization, while the latter is for improving localization accuracy. However, few of them attempt to further investigate the hardness of distinguishing different sorts of distracting background regions (i.e., negatives) from true object regions (i.e., positives). To improve the performance of classifying positive object regions vs. a variety of negative background regions, we propose to incorporate triplet embedding into learning objective. The triplet units are formed by assigning each negative region to a meaningful object class and establishing class- specific negatives, followed by triplets construction. Over the benchmark PASCAL VOC 2007, the proposed triplet em- bedding has improved the performance of well-known FastRCNN model with a mAP gain of 2.1%. In particular, the state-of-the-art approach OHEM can benefit from the triplet embedding and has achieved a mAP improvement of 1.2%.

* 6 pages, 5 figures 

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Incorporating Intra-Class Variance to Fine-Grained Visual Recognition

Mar 01, 2017
Yan Bai, Feng Gao, Yihang Lou, Shiqi Wang, Tiejun Huang, Ling-Yu Duan

Fine-grained visual recognition aims to capture discriminative characteristics amongst visually similar categories. The state-of-the-art research work has significantly improved the fine-grained recognition performance by deep metric learning using triplet network. However, the impact of intra-category variance on the performance of recognition and robust feature representation has not been well studied. In this paper, we propose to leverage intra-class variance in metric learning of triplet network to improve the performance of fine-grained recognition. Through partitioning training images within each category into a few groups, we form the triplet samples across different categories as well as different groups, which is called Group Sensitive TRiplet Sampling (GS-TRS). Accordingly, the triplet loss function is strengthened by incorporating intra-class variance with GS-TRS, which may contribute to the optimization objective of triplet network. Extensive experiments over benchmark datasets CompCar and VehicleID show that the proposed GS-TRS has significantly outperformed state-of-the-art approaches in both classification and retrieval tasks.

* 6 pages, 5 figures 

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Towards Digital Retina in Smart Cities: A Model Generation, Utilization and Communication Paradigm

Jul 31, 2019
Yihang Lou, Ling-Yu Duan, Yong Luo, Ziqian Chen, Tongliang Liu, Shiqi Wang, Wen Gao

The digital retina in smart cities is to select what the City Eye tells the City Brain, and convert the acquired visual data from front-end visual sensors to features in an intelligent sensing manner. By deploying deep learning and/or handcrafted models in front-end devices, the compact features can be extracted and subsequently delivered to back-end cloud for search and advanced analytics. In this context, we propose a model generation, utilization, and communication paradigm, aiming to address a set of unique challenges for better artificial intelligence services in smart cities. In particular, we present an integrated multiple deep learning models reuse and prediction strategy, which greatly increases the feasibility of the digital retina in processing and analyzing the large-scale visual data in smart cities. The promise of the proposed paradigm is demonstrated through a set of experiments.

* 6 pages, 6 figures 

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Compact Descriptors for Video Analysis: the Emerging MPEG Standard

Apr 26, 2017
Ling-Yu Duan, Vijay Chandrasekhar, Shiqi Wang, Yihang Lou, Jie Lin, Yan Bai, Tiejun Huang, Alex Chichung Kot, Wen Gao

This paper provides an overview of the on-going compact descriptors for video analysis standard (CDVA) from the ISO/IEC moving pictures experts group (MPEG). MPEG-CDVA targets at defining a standardized bitstream syntax to enable interoperability in the context of video analysis applications. During the developments of MPEGCDVA, a series of techniques aiming to reduce the descriptor size and improve the video representation ability have been proposed. This article describes the new standard that is being developed and reports the performance of these key technical contributions.

* 4 figures, 4 tables 

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