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Question 1 (50%)

Using the K-Means clustering algorithm with minimum Euclidean-distance-based assignments

of samples to cluster centroids, segment the two attached color images into K ∈ {2,3,4,5} segments. As the feature vector for each pixel use a 5-dimensional feature vector consisting of normalized vertical and horizontal coordinates of the pixel relative to the top-left corner of the image,

as well as normalized red, green, and blue values of the image color at that pixel. Normalize

each feature by linearly shifting and scaling the values to the interval [0,1], such that the set of

5-dimensional normalized feature vectors representing each pixel are in the unit-hypercube [0,1]

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For each K ∈ {2,3,4,5}, let the algorithm assign labels to each pixel; specifically, label lrc ∈

{1,…,K} to the pixel located at row r and column c. Present your clustering results in the form of

an image of these label values. Make sure you improve this segmentation outcome visualization

by using a contrast enhancement method; for instance, assign a unique color value to each label

and make your label image colored, or assign visually distinct grayscale value levels to each label

value to make best use of the range of gray values at your disposal for visualization.

Repeat this segmentation exercise using GMM-based clustering. For each specific K, use the

EM algorithm to fit a GMM with K components, and then use that GMM to do MAP-classification

style cluster label assignments to pixels. Display results similarly for this alternative clustering

method. Briefly comment on the reasons of any differences, if any.

Question 2 (50%)

In this exercise, you will train two support vector machine (SVM) classifiers and assess/compare

their test performances. These SVMs wil respectively have linear and spherically-symmetric Gaussian (shaped radial basis function) kernels. We will refer to them as Linear-SVM and GaussianSVM. The data vectors are two-dimensional real-valued. The data distributions for the two classes

are as follows: (1) data from class −1 are drawn from a Gaussian with zero-mean and identitycovariance-matrix; (2) data from class +1 are generated using a two-step procedure: a radius value

is drawn from a uniform distribution over the interval [2,3] and an angle value (in radians) is drawn

from a uniform distribution over the interval [−π,π]; these radius and angle values are converted

to Cartesian coordinates using the Polar-to-Cartesian coordinate transformation rule.

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1. Generate a training set with 1000 independent samples from these two class distributions

with priors q− = 0.35 and q+ = 0.65; note that this does not mean 350 samples from one

class and 650 from the other – the class label needs to be randomly selected for each sample,

in accordance with this prior. Visualize your training data.

2. Using 10-fold cross-validation, and minimum probability of error as the objective, select the

hyper parameters for both Linear-SVM and Gaussian-SVM. For both classifiers, the constraint violation term weight (usually dwnoted by C; sometimes called the overlap penalty

weight; referred to as the box constraint parameter in Matlab’s fitcsvm) must be optimized.

For the Gaussian kernel, the scale parameter (usually denoted by σ, corresponds to the standard deviation, if this Gaussian was a probability distribution) needs to be optimized. Visualize your cross-validation process in search of optimal hyperparameter values. Report the

smallest probability of error estimate you get from cross-validation.

3. Using the best hyperparameters you identified, train your Linear-SVM and Gaussian-SVM

using all of the training dataset. Visualize classification results on training data, count the

erroneously classified samples and report the training dataset probability of error estimate.

4. Generate 1000 independent test samples from the same class distributions with the same

priors as in the training dataset. Apply the Linear-SVM and Gaussian-SVM classifiers to the

test data samples. Visualize the performance of your classifiers on the test dataset and report

your test probability of error estimate.

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