Fully Associative Ensemble Learning for Hierarchical Multi-Label Classification

Lingfeng Zhang, Shishir Shah and Ioannis Kakadiaris

In Proceedings British Machine Vision Conference 2014


In contrast to traditional flat classification problems (binary or multi-class classification), Hierarchical Multi-label Classification (HMC) takes into account the structural information embedded in the class hierarchy. In this paper, we propose a local hierarchical ensemble framework, Fully Associative Ensemble Learning (FAEL). We model the relationship between each node's global prediction and the local predictions of all the nodes as a multi-variable regression problem. The simplest version of our model leads to a ridge regression problem. It can be extended using the kernel trick, which explores the complex correlation between global and local prediction. In addition, we introduce a binary constraint model to restrict the optimal weight matrix learning. The proposed models have been applied to image annotation and gene function prediction datasets. The experimental results indicate that our models achieve better performance when compared with other baseline methods.


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Lingfeng Zhang, Shishir Shah, and Ioannis Kakadiaris. Fully Associative Ensemble Learning for Hierarchical Multi-Label Classification. Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference. BMVA Press, September 2014.


	title = {Fully Associative Ensemble Learning for Hierarchical Multi-Label Classification},
	author = {Zhang, Lingfeng and Shah, Shishir and Kakadiaris, Ioannis},
	year = {2014},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference},
	publisher = {BMVA Press},
	editors = {Valstar, Michel and French, Andrew and Pridmore, Tony}
	doi = { http://dx.doi.org/10.5244/C.28.45 }