Efficient learning of relational object class models Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract We present an efficient method for learning part-based object class models from unsegmented images represented as sets of salient features. A model includes parts' appearance, as well as location and scale relations between parts. The object class is generatively modeled using a simple Bayesian network with a central hidden node containing location and scale information, and nodes describing object parts. The model's parameters, however, are optimized to reduce a loss function of the training error, as in discriminative methods. We show how boosting techniques can be extended to optimize the relational model proposed, with complexity linear in the number of parts and the number of features per image. This efficiency allows our method to learn relational models with many parts and features. The method has an advantage over purely generative and purely …

publication date

  • January 1, 2005