Max-Margin Boltzmann Machines for Object Segmentation

Jimei Yang, Simon Safar, Ming-Hsuan Yang; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 320-327


We present Max-Margin Boltzmann Machines (MMBMs) for object segmentation. MMBMs are essentially a class of Conditional Boltzmann Machines that model the joint distribution of hidden variables and output labels conditioned on input observations. In addition to image-to-label connections, we build direct image-to-hidden connections to facilitate global shape prediction, and thus derive a simple Iterated Conditional Modes algorithm for efficient maximum a posteriori inference. We formulate a max-margin objective function for discriminative training, and analyze the effects of different margin functions on learning. We evaluate MMBMs using three datasets against state-of-the-art methods to demonstrate the strength of the proposed algorithms.

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author = {Yang, Jimei and Safar, Simon and Yang, Ming-Hsuan},
title = {Max-Margin Boltzmann Machines for Object Segmentation},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}