Grouping with Bias

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14 (NIPS 2001)

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Stella X. Yu, Jianbo Shi


With the optimization of pattern discrimination as a goal, graph partitioning approaches often lack the capability to integrate prior knowledge to guide grouping. In this paper, we consider priors from unitary generative models, partially labeled data and spatial attention. These priors are modelled as constraints in the solution space. By imposing uniformity condition on the constraints, we restrict the feasible space to one of smooth solutions. A subspace projection method is developed to solve this constrained eigenprob(cid:173) lema We demonstrate that simple priors can greatly improve image segmentation results.