Fuzzy multilayer clustering and fuzzy label regularization for unsupervised person reidentification

Zhang, Zhong and Huang, Meiyan and Liu, Shuang and Xiao, Baihua and Durrani, Tariq S. (2020) Fuzzy multilayer clustering and fuzzy label regularization for unsupervised person reidentification. IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 28 (7). pp. 1356-1368. ISSN 1063-6706

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    Abstract

    Unsupervised person reidentification has received more attention due to its wide real-world applications. In this paper, we propose a novel method named fuzzy multilayer clustering (FMC) for unsupervised person reidentification. The proposed FMC learns a new feature space using a multilayer perceptron for clustering in order to overcome the influence of complex pedestrian images. Meanwhile, the proposed FMC generates fuzzy labels for unlabeled pedestrian images, which simultaneously considers the membership degree and the similarity between the sample and each cluster. We further propose the fuzzy label regularization (FLR) to train the convolutional neural network (CNN) using pedestrian images with fuzzy labels in a supervised manner. The proposed FLR could regularize the CNN training process and reduce the risk of overfitting. The effectiveness of our method is validated on three large-scale person reidentification databases, i.e., Market-1501, DukeMTMC-reID, and CUHK03.