Multi-Class Batch-Mode Active Learning for Image Classification

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Accurate image classification is crucial in many robotics and surveillance applications - for example, a vision system on a robot needs to accurately recognize the objects seen by its camera. Object recognition systems typically need a large amount of training data for satisfactory performance. The problem is particularly acute when many object categories are present. In this paper, the authors present a batch-mode active learning framework for multi-class image classification systems. In active learning, images are to be chosen for interactive labeling, instead of passively accepting training data.