Inventi Impact: Machine Vision
ON THE BRITTLENESS OF HANDWRITTEN DIGIT RECOGNITION MODELS
Alexander K. Seewald
Handwritten digit recognition is an important benchmark task in computer vision. Learning algorithms and feature representations which offer excellent performance for this task have been known for some time. Here, we focus on two major practical considerations: the relationship between the the amount of training data and error rate (corresponding to the effort to collect training data to build a model with a given maximum error rate) and the transferability of models' expertise between different datasets (corresponding to the usefulness for general handwritten digit recognition). While the relationship between amount of training data and error rate is very stable and to some extent independent of the specific dataset used—only the classifier and feature representation have significant effect—it has proven to be impossible to transfer low error rates on one or two pooled datasets to similarly low error rates on another dataset. We have called this weakness brittleness, inspired by an old Artificial Intelligence term that means the same thing. This weakness may be a general weakness of trained image classification systems.
CC Compliant Citation: Alexander K. Seewald, “On the Brittleness of Handwritten Digit Recognition Models,” ISRN Machine Vision, vol. 2012, Article ID 834127, 10 pages, 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/834127
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