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Few-shot classifier GAN.

Ali-Gombe, Adamu; Elyan, Eyad; Savoye, Yann; Jayne, Chrisina


Adamu Ali-Gombe

Yann Savoye

Chrisina Jayne


Fine-grained image classification with a few-shot classifier is a highly challenging open problem at the core of a numerous data labeling applications. In this paper, we present Few-shot Classifier Generative Adversarial Network as an approach for few-shot classification. We address the problem of few-shot classification by designing a GAN in which the discriminator and the generator compete to output labeled data in any case. In contrast to previous methods, our techniques generate then classify images into multiple fake or real classes. A key innovation of our adversarial approach is to allow fine-grained classification using multiple fake classes with semi-supervised deep learning. A major strength of our techniques lies in its label-agnostic characteristic, in the sense that the system handles both labeled and unlabeled data during training. We validate quantitatively our few-shot classifier on the MNIST and SVHN datasets by varying the ratio of labeled data over unlabeled data in the training set. Our quantitative analysis demonstrates that our techniques produce better classification performance when using multiple fake classes and larger amount of unlabelled data.


ALI-GOMBE, A., ELYAN, E., SAVOYE, Y. and JAYNE, C. 2018. Few-shot classifier GAN. In Proceedings of the 2018 International joint conference on neural networks (IJCNN 2018), 8-13 July 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE [online], article number 8489387. Available from:

Conference Name 2018 International joint conference on neural networks (IJCNN 2018)
Conference Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Start Date Jul 8, 2018
End Date Jul 13, 2018
Acceptance Date Apr 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2018
Publication Date Jul 23, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 8, 2018
Print ISSN 2161-4393
Electronic ISSN 2161-4407
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Article Number 8489387
Series ISSN 2161-4407
Keywords Image classification; Fewshot classification; Generative adversarial networks
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