High performance set of features for human action classification


The most common method for handling human action classification is to determine a common set of optimal features and then apply a machine-learning algorithm to classify them. In this paper we explore combining sets of different features for training an ensemble using random subspace with a set of support vector machines. We propose two novel descriptors for this task domain: one based on Gabor filters and the other based on local binary patterns (LBPs). We then combine these two sets of features with the histogram of gradients. We obtain an accuracy of 97.8% using the 10-class Weizmann dataset and a 100% accuracy rate using the 9-class Weizmann dataset. These results are comparable with the state of the art. By combining sets of relatively simple descriptors it is possible to obtain results comparable to using more sophisticated approaches. Our simpler approach, however, offers the advantage of being less computationally expensive.


Information Technology and Cybersecurity

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Conference Proceeding


Ensemble of support vector machines, Gabor filters, Histogram of gradients, Human action classification, Local binary patterns, Machine learning techniques

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Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition, IPCV 2009