Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes for Faster Object Recognition
Sammanfattning: Object recognition in the real world is a big challenge in the field of computer vision. Given the potentially enormous size of the search space it is essential to be able to make intelligent decisions about where in the visual field to obtain information from to reduce the computational resources needed. In this report a POMDP (Partially Observable Markov Decision Process) learning framework, using a policy gradient method and information rewards as a training signal, has been implemented and used to train fixation policies that aim to maximize the information gathered in each fixation. The purpose of such policies is to make object recognition faster by reducing the number of fixations needed. The trained policies are evaluated by simulation and comparing them with several fixed policies. Finally it is shown that it is possible to use the framework to train policies that outperform the fixed policies for certain observation models.
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