HRN: A Holistic Approach to One Class Learning

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Wenpeng Hu, Mengyu Wang, Qi Qin, Jinwen Ma, Bing Liu


Existing neural network based one-class learning methods mainly use various forms of auto-encoders or GAN style adversarial training to learn a latent representation of the given one class of data. This paper proposes an entirely different approach based on a novel regularization, called holistic regularization (or H-regularization), which enables the system to consider the data holistically, not to produce a model that biases towards some features. Combined with a proposed 2-norm instance-level data normalization, we obtain an effective one-class learning method, called HRN. To our knowledge, the proposed regularization and the normalization method have not been reported before. Experimental evaluation using both benchmark image classification and traditional anomaly detection datasets show that HRN markedly outperforms the state-of-the-art existing deep/non-deep learning models.