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Joint Selection using Deep Reinforcement Learning for Skeleton-based Activity Recognition

, Narges Armanfard
Abstract: Skeleton based human activity recognition has attracted lots of attention due to its wide range of applications. Skeleton data includes two or three dimensional coordinates of body joints. All of the body joints are not effective in recognizing different activities, so finding key joints within a video and across different activities has a significant role in improving the performance. In this paper we propose a novel framework that performs joint selection in skeleton video frames for the purpose of human activity recognition. To this end, we formulate the joint selection problem as a Markov Decision Process (MDP) where we employ deep reinforcement learning to find the most informative joints per frame. The proposed joint selection method is a general framework that can be employed to improve human activity classification methods. Experimental results on two benchmark activity recognition data sets using three different classifiers demonstrate effectiveness of the proposed joint selection method.
Keywords: Skeleton / activity recognition / Deep Reinforcement Learning / human activity / joint / video

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