AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Facial Age Estimation by Learning from Label Distributions
Xin Geng, Kate Smith-Miles, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Last modified: 2010-07-03


One of the main difficulties in facial age estimation is the lack of sufficient training data for many ages. Fortunately, the faces at close ages look similar since aging is a slow and smooth process. Inspired by this observation, in this paper, instead of considering each face image as an example with one label (age), we regard each face image as an example associated with a label distribution. The label distribution covers a number of class labels, representing the degree that each label describes the example. Through this way, in addition to the real age, one face image can also contribute to the learning of its adjacent ages. We propose an algorithm named IIS-LLD for learning from the label distributions, which is an iterative optimization process based on the maximum entropy model. Experimental results show the advantages of IIS-LLD over the traditional learning methods based on single-labeled data.

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