Active Generative Adversarial Network for Image Classification


  • Quan Kong Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Bin Tong Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Martin Klinkigt Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Yuki Watanabe Hitachi America, Ltd.
  • Naoto Akira Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Tomokazu Murakami Hitachi, Ltd.



Sufficient supervised information is crucial for any machine learning models to boost performance. However, labeling data is expensive and sometimes difficult to obtain. Active learning is an approach to acquire annotations for data from a human oracle by selecting informative samples with a high probability to enhance performance. In recent emerging studies, a generative adversarial network (GAN) has been integrated with active learning to generate good candidates to be presented to the oracle. In this paper, we propose a novel model that is able to obtain labels for data in a cheaper manner without the need to query an oracle. In the model, a novel reward for each sample is devised to measure the degree of uncertainty, which is obtained from a classifier trained with existing labeled data. This reward is used to guide a conditional GAN to generate informative samples with a higher probability for a certain label. With extensive evaluations, we have confirmed the effectiveness of the model, showing that the generated samples are capable of improving the classification performance in popular image classification tasks.




How to Cite

Kong, Q., Tong, B., Klinkigt, M., Watanabe, Y., Akira, N., & Murakami, T. (2019). Active Generative Adversarial Network for Image Classification. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 33(01), 4090-4097.



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning