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Hierarchical Shape Classification Using Bayesian Aggregation

Shape Modeling International, June 2006

Zafer Barutcuoglu, Christopher DeCoro

In 3D shape classification scenarios with classes arranged in a hierarchy from most general to most specific, the use of an independent classifier for each class can produce predictions that are inconsistent with the parent-child relationships of the hierarchy. To be consistent, an example shape must not be assigned to a class unless it is also assigned to its parent class. This paper presents a Bayesian framework for combining multiple classifiers based on a class hierarchy. Given a set of independent classifiers for an arbitrary type of shape descriptor, we combine their possibly inconsistent predictions in our Bayesian framework to obtain the most probable consistent set of predictions. Such error correction is expected to improve accuracy on the overall classification by utilizing the structure of the hierarchy. Our experiments show that over the 170-class hierarchical Princeton Shape Benchmark using the Spherical Harmonic Descriptor (SHD) our algorithm improves the classification accuracy of the majority of classes, in comparison to independent classifiers. Our method is also more effective than straightforward heuristics for correcting hierarchical inconsistencies.

Zafer Barutcuoglu and Christopher DeCoro.
"Hierarchical Shape Classification Using Bayesian Aggregation."
Shape Modeling International, June 2006.


   author = "Zafer Barutcuoglu and Christopher DeCoro",
   title = "Hierarchical Shape Classification Using {Bayes}ian Aggregation",
   booktitle = "Shape Modeling International",
   year = "2006",
   month = jun