Local representation‐based neighbourhood for robust classification

Zihan Yao, Yanpeng Qu*, Longzhi Yang, Yi Tan, Changjing Shang, Fei Chao, Qiang Shen

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Representation‐based classification (RC) is an effective gauge of data similarity between a single instance and the whole dataset, which extends traditional individual‐wise distance metrics using representation coefficients. These coefficients show remarkable discrimination nature via various regularisation terms, but the interference from potentially uncorrelated objects involved in this single‐to‐global relation can degrade the effectiveness of the coefficients. In order to filter out those unproductive, or even counter‐productive, information from the decision making processes, this paper proposes a local representation‐based classification (LRC) algorithm to improve the classification accuracy or the RC approach. LRC uses a single‐to‐local relation induced by the local representation‐based neighbourhood (LRN) of each object, rather than the single‐to‐global relationship used by RC. Thanks to LRN, a compact and relevant dataset can be formed by selecting the most relevant data instances in the original dataset, to render a robust representation of a query. LRC was applied to multiple publicly available datasets, and the experimental results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed LRC algorithm as evidenced by the higher classification accuracy and more noise‐tolerant capability in reference to alternative RC approaches. Moreover, the sampling ability of LRN is also verified via a comparative study.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13606
Number of pages18
JournalExpert Systems
Early online date14 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Apr 2024

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