Joint discriminative-generative modelling based on statistical tests for classification

Xue, J. H. and Titterington, D. M. (2010) Joint discriminative-generative modelling based on statistical tests for classification. Pattern Recognition Letters, 31(9), pp. 1048-1055. (doi: 10.1016/j.patrec.2010.01.015)

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In statistical pattern classification, generative approaches, such as linear discriminant analysis (LDA), assume a data-generating process (DGP), whereas discriminative approaches, such as linear logistic regression (LLR), do not model the DGP. In general, a generative classifier performs better than its discriminative counterpart if the DGP is well-specified and worse than the latter if the DGP is clearly mis-specified. In view of this, this paper presents a joint discriminative generative modelling (JoDiG) approach, by partitioning predictor variables X into two sub-vectors, namely X-G, to which a generative approach is applied, and X-D, to be treated by a discriminative approach. This partitioning of X is based on statistical tests of the assumed DGP: the variables that clearly fail the tests are grouped as X-D and the rest as X-G. Then the generative and discriminative approaches are combined in a probabilistic rather than a heuristic way. The principle of the JoDiG approach is quite generic, but for illustrative purposes numerical studies of the paper focus on a widely-used case, in which the DGP assumes a multivariate normal distribution for each class. In this case, the JoDiG approach uses LDA for X-G and LLR for X-D. Numerical experiments on real and simulated data demonstrate that the performance of this new approach to classification is similar to or better than that of its discriminative and generative counterparts, in particular when the size of the training-set is comparable to the dimension of the data. (C) 2010 Elsevier BM. All rights reserved

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:BAYES Classification Data-generating process DIMENSION DISCRIMINANT-ANALYSIS Joint discriminative-generative modelling Linear discriminant analysis Linear logistic regression LOGISTIC-REGRESSION MODEL multivariate Normality tests REGRESSION tests
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Titterington, Professor D
Authors: Xue, J. H., and Titterington, D. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Journal Name:Pattern Recognition Letters
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN (Online):1872-7344

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