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Feature Extraction Using AlexNet

This example shows how to extract learned image features from a pretrained convolutional neural network, and use those features to train an image classifier. Feature extraction is the easiest and fastest way use the representational power of pretrained deep networks. For example, you can train a support vector machine (SVM) using fitcecoc (Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox™) on the extracted features. Because feature extraction only requires a single pass through the data, it is a good starting point if you do not have a GPU to accelerate network training with.

Load Data

Unzip and load the sample images as an image datastore. imageDatastore automatically labels the images based on folder names and stores the data as an ImageDatastore object. An image datastore lets you store large image data, including data that does not fit in memory. Split the data into 70% training and 30% test data.

unzip('MerchData.zip');
imds = imageDatastore('MerchData',...
    'IncludeSubfolders',true,...
    'LabelSource','foldernames');

[imdsTrain,imdsTest] = splitEachLabel(imds,0.7,'randomized');

There are now 55 training images and 20 validation images in this very small data set. Display some sample images.

numTrainImages = numel(imdsTrain.Labels);
idx = randperm(numTrainImages,16);
figure
for i = 1:16
    subplot(4,4,i)
    I = readimage(imdsTrain,idx(i));
    imshow(I)
end

Load Pretrained Network

Load a pretrained AlexNet network. If Neural Network Toolbox Model for AlexNet Network is not installed, then the software provides a download link. AlexNet is trained on more than a million images and can classify images into 1000 object categories. For example, keyboard, mouse, pencil, and many animals. As a result, the model has learned rich feature representations for a wide range of images.

net = alexnet;

Display the network architecture. The network has five convolutional layers and three fully connected layers.

net.Layers
ans = 
  25x1 Layer array with layers:

     1   'data'     Image Input                   227x227x3 images with 'zerocenter' normalization
     2   'conv1'    Convolution                   96 11x11x3 convolutions with stride [4  4] and padding [0  0  0  0]
     3   'relu1'    ReLU                          ReLU
     4   'norm1'    Cross Channel Normalization   cross channel normalization with 5 channels per element
     5   'pool1'    Max Pooling                   3x3 max pooling with stride [2  2] and padding [0  0  0  0]
     6   'conv2'    Convolution                   256 5x5x48 convolutions with stride [1  1] and padding [2  2  2  2]
     7   'relu2'    ReLU                          ReLU
     8   'norm2'    Cross Channel Normalization   cross channel normalization with 5 channels per element
     9   'pool2'    Max Pooling                   3x3 max pooling with stride [2  2] and padding [0  0  0  0]
    10   'conv3'    Convolution                   384 3x3x256 convolutions with stride [1  1] and padding [1  1  1  1]
    11   'relu3'    ReLU                          ReLU
    12   'conv4'    Convolution                   384 3x3x192 convolutions with stride [1  1] and padding [1  1  1  1]
    13   'relu4'    ReLU                          ReLU
    14   'conv5'    Convolution                   256 3x3x192 convolutions with stride [1  1] and padding [1  1  1  1]
    15   'relu5'    ReLU                          ReLU
    16   'pool5'    Max Pooling                   3x3 max pooling with stride [2  2] and padding [0  0  0  0]
    17   'fc6'      Fully Connected               4096 fully connected layer
    18   'relu6'    ReLU                          ReLU
    19   'drop6'    Dropout                       50% dropout
    20   'fc7'      Fully Connected               4096 fully connected layer
    21   'relu7'    ReLU                          ReLU
    22   'drop7'    Dropout                       50% dropout
    23   'fc8'      Fully Connected               1000 fully connected layer
    24   'prob'     Softmax                       softmax
    25   'output'   Classification Output         crossentropyex with 'tench' and 999 other classes

The first layer, the image input layer, requires input images of size 227-by-227-by-3, where 3 is the number of color channels.

inputSize = net.Layers(1).InputSize
inputSize = 

   227   227     3

Extract Image Features

The network constructs a hierarchical representation of input images. Deeper layers contain higher-level features, constructed using the lower-level features of earlier layers. To get the feature representations of the training and test images, use activations on the fully connected layer 'fc7'. To get a lower-level representation of the images, use an earlier layer in the network.

The network requires input images of size 227-by-227-by-3, but the images in the image datastores have different sizes. To automatically resize the training and test images before they are input to the network, create augmented image datastores, specify the desired image size, and use these datastores as input arguments to activations.

augimdsTrain = augmentedImageDatastore(inputSize(1:2),imdsTrain);
augimdsTest = augmentedImageDatastore(inputSize(1:2),imdsTest);

layer = 'fc7';
featuresTrain = activations(net,augimdsTrain,layer,'OutputAs','rows');
featuresTest = activations(net,augimdsTest,layer,'OutputAs','rows');

Extract the class labels from the training and test data.

YTrain = imdsTrain.Labels;
YTest = imdsTest.Labels;

Fit Image Classifier

Use the features extracted from the training images as predictor variables and fit a multiclass support vector machine (SVM) using fitcecoc (Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox).

classifier = fitcecoc(featuresTrain,YTrain);

Classify Test Images

Classify the test images using the trained SVM model the features extracted from the test images.

YPred = predict(classifier,featuresTest);

Display four sample test images with their predicted labels.

idx = [1 5 10 15];
figure
for i = 1:numel(idx)
    subplot(2,2,i)
    I = readimage(imdsTest,idx(i));
    label = YPred(idx(i));
    imshow(I)
    title(char(label))
end

Calculate the classification accuracy on the test set. Accuracy is the fraction of labels that the network predicts correctly.

accuracy = mean(YPred == YTest)
accuracy = 1

This SVM has high accuracy. If the accuracy is not high enough using feature extraction, then try transfer learning instead.

References

[1] Krizhevsky, Alex, Ilya Sutskever, and Geoffrey E. Hinton. "ImageNet Classification with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks." Advances in neural information processing systems. 2012.

[2] BVLC AlexNet Model. https://github.com/BVLC/caffe/tree/master/models/bvlc_alexnet

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