Learning binary classifiers for multi-class problem


One important idea for the multi-class classification problem is to combine binary classifiers (base classifiers), which is summarized as error correcting output codes (ECOC), and the generalized Bradley-Terry (GBT) model gives a method to estimate the multi-class probability. In this memo, we review the multi-class problem with the GBT model and discuss two issues. First, a new estimation algorithm of the GBT model associated with α–divergence is proposed. Secondly, the maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) algorithm of each base classifier based on the combined multi-class probability is derived.

ISM research memorandum