Combining evolution strategy and gradient descent method for discriminative learning of bayesian classifiers

Xuefeng Chen, Xiabi Liu, Yunde Jia
2009 Proceedings of the 11th Annual conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation - GECCO '09  
The optimization method is one of key issues in discriminative learning of pattern classifiers. This paper proposes a hybrid approach of the Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMA-ES) and the gradient decent method for optimizing Bayesian classifiers under the SOFT target based Max-Min posterior Pseudo-probabilities (Soft-MMP) learning framework. In our hybrid optimization approach, the weighted mean of the parent population in the CMA-ES is adjusted by exploiting the gradient
more » ... rmation of objective function, based on which the offspring is generated. As a result, the efficiency and the effectiveness of the CMA-ES are improved. We apply the Soft-MMP with the proposed hybrid optimization approach to handwritten digit recognition. The experiments on the CENPARMI database show that our handwritten digit classifier outperforms other state-of-the-art techniques. Furthermore, our hybrid optimization approach behaved better than not only the single gradient decent method but also the single CMA-ES in the experiments.
doi:10.1145/1569901.1569972 dblp:conf/gecco/ChenLJ09 fatcat:sbyfev76qvbufiqj4ajykcvxxi