Few-Shot Classification By Few-Iteration Meta-Learning

Abstract

Learning in a low-data regime from only a few labeled examples is an important, but challenging problem. Recent advancements within meta-learning have demonstrated encouraging performance, in particular, for the task of few-shot classification. We propose a novel optimization-based meta-learning approach for few-shot classification. It consists of an embedding network, providing a general representation of the image, and a base learner module. The latter learns a linear classifier during the inference through an unrolled optimization procedure. We design an inner learning objective composed of (i) a robust classification loss on the support set and (ii) an entropy loss, allowing transductive learning from unlabeled query samples. By employing an efficient initialization module and a Steepest Descent based optimization algorithm, our base learner predicts a powerful classifier within only a few iterations. Further, our strategy enables important aspects of the base learner objective to be learned during meta-training. To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first to integrate both induction and transduction into the base learner in an optimization-based meta-learning framework. We perform a comprehensive experimental analysis, demonstrating the effectiveness of our approach on four few-shot classification datasets.

Publication
In International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2021
Ardhendu Tripathi
Ardhendu Tripathi
PhD Student, ETH Zurich
Martin Danelljan
Martin Danelljan
Researcher

Researcher in Computer Vision and Machine Learning at ETH Zurich

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