Adaptive feature descriptor selection based on a multi-table reinforcement learning strategy

Monica Piñol, Angel D. Sappa, Ricardo Toledo

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© 2014 Elsevier B.V. This paper presents and evaluates a framework to improve the performance of visual object classification methods, which are based on the usage of image feature descriptors as inputs. The goal of the proposed framework is to learn the best descriptor for each image in a given database. This goal is reached by means of a reinforcement learning process using the minimum information. The visual classification system used to demonstrate the proposed framework is based on a bag of features scheme, and the reinforcement learning technique is implemented through the Q-learning approach. The behavior of the reinforcement learning with different state definitions is evaluated. Additionally, a method that combines all these states is formulated in order to select the optimal state. Finally, the chosen actions are obtained from the best set of image descriptors in the literature: PHOW, SIFT, C-SIFT, SURF and Spin. Experimental results using two public databases (ETH and COIL) are provided showing both the validity of the proposed approach and comparisons with state of the art. In all the cases the best results are obtained with the proposed approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-115
Issue numberPart A
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2015


  • Bag of features
  • Descriptors
  • Q-learning
  • Reinforcement learning


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