Gender recognition from frontal facial images within project FP7-ICT-247525-HUMAVIPS

Tunning parammeter C of SVM OCAS solver

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In this experiment it will be used Support Vector Machine in its Extensive form [1] for learning linear model. So the aim of this experiment will be to learn model (1) and tune its parameter C. This parameter specify how much will classifier be fitted to trainning samples. If C is too low then classifier is more general and reversely, if C is too much high then classifier is overfitted.

Equation (1): Extensive Support Vector Machine model

For learning this model it will be used free redistributable library libOCAS [2] that is based on cutting planes.

For measuring error we using protocol based on three variuos dataset. The first dataset is the biggest (about 12 thousand samples) and classifier is trained on it for each parameter (Traning dataset). On next dataset (Validation dataset) we measure error on trained classifiers and then choose that, which validation error is the lowest. In the last step, we test classifier selected in previous step on the last set named Testing dataset. Each dataset should be with high diversity. This protokol will be used in all further experiments.


Parameters of experiment
imSize [h x w]80 x 64
winSize [h x w]60 x 40
win positioncentered
CValidation error
Testing error for minimal validation error: 24.76%


[1] Corinna Cortes, Vladimir Vapnik: Support-vector networks -
[2] Vojtech Franc, Soeren Sonnenburg: LIBOCAS - Library implementing OCAS solver for training linear SVM classifiers from large-scale data -
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