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Prototypical Networks for Few-shot Learning

Abstract · Mar 15, 2017 14:31 ·

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Arxiv Abstract

  • Jake Snell
  • Kevin Swersky
  • Richard S. Zemel

We propose prototypical networks for the problem of few-shot classification, where a classifier must generalize to new classes not seen in the training set, given only a small number of examples of each new class. Prototypical networks learn a metric space in which classification can be performed by computing Euclidean distances to prototype representations of each class. Compared to recent approaches for few-shot learning, they reflect a simpler inductive bias that is beneficial in this limited-data regime, and achieve state-of-the-art results. We provide an analysis showing that some simple design decisions can yield substantial improvements over recent approaches involving complicated architectural choices and meta-learning. We further extend prototypical networks to the case of zero-shot learning and achieve state-of-the-art zero-shot results on the CU-Birds dataset.

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