A hybrid neural network-latent topic model

Li Wan, Leo Zhu, Rob Fergus

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This paper introduces a hybrid model that combines a neural network with a latent topic model. The neural network provides a lowdimensional embedding for the input data, whose subsequent distribution is captured by the topic model. The neural network thus acts as a trainable feature extractor while the topic model captures the group structure of the data. Following an initial pretraining phase to separately initialize each part of the model, a unified training scheme is introduced that allows for discriminative training of the entire model. The approach is evaluated on visual data in scene classification task, where the hybrid model is shown to outperform models based solely on neural networks or topic models, as well as other baseline methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1294
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Machine Learning Research
StatePublished - 2012
Event15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, AISTATS 2012 - La Palma, Spain
Duration: Apr 21 2012Apr 23 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Statistics and Probability


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