Learning Discriminative Sufficient Statistics Score Space for Classification
Xiong Li, Bin Wang, Yuncai Liu, Tai Sing Lee | Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, Volume 8190 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 49-64 | 2013
Generative score spaces provide a principled method to exploit generative information, e.g., data distribution and hidden variables, in discriminative classifiers. The underlying methodology is to derive measures or score functions from generative models. The derived score functions, spanning the so-called score space, provide features of a fixed dimension for discriminative classification. In this paper, we propose a simple yet effective score space which is essentially the sufficient statistics of the adopted generative models and does not involve the parameters of generative models. We further propose a discriminative learning method for the score space that seeks to utilize label information by constraining the classification margin over the score space. The form of score function allows the formulation of simple learning rules, which are essentially the same learning rules for a generative model with an extra posterior imposed over its hidden variables. Experimental evaluation of this approach over two generative models shows that performance of the score space approach coupled with the proposed discriminative learning method is competitive with state-of-the-art classification methods.