Multi-Instance Multi-Label Learning with Application to Scene Classification

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 19 (NIPS 2006)

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Zhi-Li Zhang, Min-ling Zhang


In this paper, we formalize multi-instance multi-label learning, where each train- ing example is associated with not only multiple instances but also multiple class labels. Such a problem can occur in many real-world tasks, e.g. an image usually contains multiple patches each of which can be described by a feature vector, and the image can belong to multiple categories since its semantics can be recognized in different ways. We analyze the relationship between multi-instance multi-label learning and the learning frameworks of traditional supervised learning, multi- instance learning and multi-label learning. Then, we propose the MIMLBOOST and MIMLSVM algorithms which achieve good performance in an application to scene classiļ¬cation.