Predefined Prototypes for Intra-Class Separation and DisentanglementAntonio Almudévar, Théo Mariotte, Alfonso Ortega, Marie Tahon, Luis Vicente, Antonio Miguel, Eduardo Lleida


ViVoLab, Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), University of Zaragoza, Spain

LIUM - Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Université du Mans



Contact: almudevar{@}unizar.es




Prototypical Learning is based on the idea that there is a point (which we call prototype) around which the embeddings of a class are clustered. It has shown promising results in scenarios with little labeled data or to design explainable models. Typically, prototypes are either defined as the average of the embeddings of a class or are designed to be trainable.

In this work, we propose to predefine prototypes following human-specified criteria, which simplify the training pipeline and brings different advantages. Specifically, in this work we explore two of these advantages: increasing the inter-class separability of embeddings and disentangling embeddings with respect to different variance factors, which can translate into the possibility of having explainable predictions.

Finally, we propose different experiments that help to understand our proposal and demonstrate empirically the mentioned advantages.


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