Optimal Rejection Function Meets Character Recognition Tasks

Xiaotong Ji, Yuchen Zheng, Daiki Suehiro, Seiichi Uchida

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In this paper, we propose an optimal rejection method for rejecting ambiguous samples by a rejection function. This rejection function is trained together with a classification function under the framework of Learning-with-Rejection (LwR). The highlights of LwR are: (1) the rejection strategy is not heuristic but has a strong background from a machine learning theory, and (2) the rejection function can be trained on an arbitrary feature space which is different from the feature space for classification. The latter suggests we can choose a feature space which is more suitable for rejection. Although the past research on LwR focused only its theoretical aspect, we propose to utilize LwR for practical pattern classification tasks. Moreover, we propose to use features from different CNN layers for classification and rejection. Our extensive experiments of notMNIST classification and character/non-character classification demonstrate that the proposed method achieves better performance than traditional rejection strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPattern Recognition - 5th Asian Conference, ACPR 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsShivakumara Palaiahnakote, Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, Liang Wang, Wei Qi Yan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030412982
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020
Event5th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition, ACPR 2019 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Nov 26 2019Nov 29 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12047 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition, ACPR 2019
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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