Leveraging over prior knowledge for online learning of visual categories
Open ended learning is a dynamic process based on the continuous analysis of new data, guided by past experience. On one side it is helpful to take advantage of prior knowledge when only few information on a new task is available (transfer learning). On the other, it is important to continuously update an existing model so to exploit the new incoming data, especially if their informative content is very different from what is already known (online learning). Until today these two aspects of the learning process have been tackled separately. In this paper we propose an algorithm that takes the best of both worlds: we consider a sequential learning setting, and we exploit the potentiality of knowledge transfer with a computationally cheap solution. At the same time, by relying on past experience we boost online learning to predict reliably on future problems. A theoretical analysis, coupled with extensive experiments, show that our approach performs well in terms of the online number of training mistakes, as well as in terms of performance on separate test sets.
Record created on 2013-12-19, modified on 2016-08-09