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Feature Seeding for Action Recognition

Pyry Matikainen
Rahul Sukthankar
Martial Hebert
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) (2011)


Progress in action recognition has been in large part due to advances in the features that drive learning-based methods. However, the relative sparsity of training data and the risk of overfitting have made it difficult to directly search for good features. In this paper, we suggest using synthetic data to search for robust features that can more easily take advantage of limited data, rather than using the synthetic data directly as a substitute for real data. We demonstrate that the features discovered by our selection method, which we call seeding, improve performance on an action classification task on real data, even though the synthetic data from which our features are seeded differs significantly from the real data, both in terms of appearance and the set of action classes.