Automated image classification via unsupervised feature learning by K-means
Research on image classification has grown rapidly in the field of machine learning. Many methods have already been implemented for image classification. Among all these methods, best results have been reported by neural network-based techniques. One of the most important steps in automated image classification is feature extraction. Feature extraction includes two parts: feature construction and feature selection. Many methods for feature extraction exist, but the best ones are related to deep-learning approaches such as network-in-network or deep convolutional network algorithms. Deep learning tries to focus on the level of abstraction and find higher levels of abstraction from the previous level by having multiple layers of hidden layers. The two main problems with using deep-learning approaches are the speed and the number of parameters that should be configured. Small changes or poor selection of parameters can alter the results completely or even make them worse. Tuning these parameters is usually impossible for normal users who do not have super computers because one should run the algorithm and try to tune the parameters according to the results obtained. Thus, this process can be very time consuming. This thesis attempts to address the speed and configuration issues found with traditional deep-network approaches. Some of the traditional methods of unsupervised learning are used to build an automated image-classification approach that takes less time both to configure and to run.
Dundar, Purdue University.
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