Fast and Balanced: Efficient Label Tree Learning for Large Scale Object Recognition

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 24 (NIPS 2011)

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Jia Deng, Sanjeev Satheesh, Alexander Berg, Fei Li


We present a novel approach to efficiently learn a label tree for large scale classification with many classes. The key contribution of the approach is a technique to simultaneously determine the structure of the tree and learn the classifiers for each node in the tree. This approach also allows fine grained control over the efficiency vs accuracy trade-off in designing a label tree, leading to more balanced trees. Experiments are performed on large scale image classification with 10184 classes and 9 million images. We demonstrate significant improvements in test accuracy and efficiency with less training time and more balanced trees compared to the previous state of the art by Bengio et al.