Margin-Mix: Semi–Supervised Learning for Face Expression Recognition

Corneliu Florea, Mihai Badea, Laura Florea, Andrei Racoviteanu, Constantin Vertan ;


In this paper, as we aim to construct a semi-supervised learning algorithm, we exploit the characteristics of the Deep Convolutional Networks to provide, for an input image, both an embedding descriptor and a prediction. The unlabeled data is combined with the labeled one in order to provide synthetic data, which describes better the input space. The network is asked to provide a large margin between clusters, while new data is self-labeled by the distance to class centroids, in the embedding space. The method is tested on standard benchmarks for semi--supervised learning, where it matches state of the art performance and on the problem of face expression recognition where it increases the accuracy by a noticeable margin."

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