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A Unified Semantic Embedding: Relating Taxonomies and Attributes
Sung Ju Hwang · Leonid Sigal

Mon Dec 08 04:00 PM -- 08:59 PM (PST) @ Level 2, room 210D

We propose a method that learns a discriminative yet semantic space for object categorization, where we also embed auxiliary semantic entities such as supercategories and attributes. Contrary to prior work which only utilized them as side information, we explicitly embed the semantic entities into the same space where we embed categories, which enables us to represent a category as their linear combination. By exploiting such a unified model for semantics, we enforce each category to be generated as a sparse combination of a supercategory + attributes, with an additional exclusive regularization to learn discriminative composition. The proposed reconstructive regularization guides the discriminative learning process to learn a better generalizing model, as well as generates compact semantic description of each category, which enables humans to analyze what has been learned.

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Sung Ju Hwang (Disney Research)
Leonid Sigal (University of British Columbia)

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