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PARTIAL LINEARIZATION BASED OPTIMIZATION FOR MULTI-CLASS SVM

P. Mohapatra, P. Dokania, C.V. Jawahar and M. Pawan Kumar

In Proceedings of European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2016

We propose a novel partial linearization based approach for optimizing the multi-class SVM learning problem. Our method is an intuitive generalization of the Frank-Wolfe and the exponentiated gradient algorithms. In particular, it allows us to combine several of their desirable qualities into one approach: (i) the use of an expectation oracle (which provides the marginals over each output class) in order to estimate an informative descent direction, similar to exponentiated gradient; (ii) analytical computation of the optimal step-size in the descent direction that guarantees an increase in the dual objective, similar to Frank-Wolfe; and (iii) a block coordinate formulation similar to the one proposed for Frank-Wolfe, which allows us to solve large-scale problems. Using the challenging computer vision problems of action classification, object recognition and gesture recognition, we demonstrate the efficacy of our approach on training multi-class SVMs with standard, publicly available, machine learning datasets.

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