Binary Classification Deep Learning Model for Cats and Dogs Using Keras Take 1

Template Credit: Adapted from a template made available by Dr. Jason Brownlee of Machine Learning Mastery.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this project is to construct a predictive model using various machine learning algorithms and to document the end-to-end steps using a template. The “Cats and Dogs” dataset is a binary classification situation where we are trying to predict one of the two possible outcomes.

INTRODUCTION: Web services are often protected with a challenge that’s supposed to be easy for people to solve, but difficult for computers. Such a challenge is often called a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) or HIP (Human Interactive Proof). ASIRRA (Animal Species Image Recognition for Restricting Access) is a HIP that works by asking users to identify photographs of cats and dogs. This task is difficult for computers, but studies have shown that people can accomplish it quickly and accurately.

The current literature suggests that machine classifiers can score above 80% accuracy on this task. Therefore, ASIRRA is no longer considered safe from attack. Kaggle created a contest to benchmark the latest computer vision and deep learning approaches to this problem. The training archive contains 25,000 images of dogs and cats. We will need to train our algorithm on these files and predict the correct labels for the test dataset.

In this iteration, we will construct a simple VGG convolutional model with 1 VGG block to classify the images. This model will serve as the baseline for the future iterations of modeling.

ANALYSIS: In this iteration, the performance of the Take1 model achieved an accuracy score of 95.55% after training for 20 epochs. The same model, however, processed the test dataset with an accuracy of only 72.99% after 20 epochs. Reviewing the plot, we can see that the model was starting to overfit the training dataset after only ten epochs. We will need to explore other modeling approaches to reduce the over-fitting.

CONCLUSION: For this dataset, the model built using Keras and TensorFlow did not achieve a comparable result with the Kaggle competition. We should explore and consider more and different modeling approaches.

Dataset Used: Cats and Dogs Dataset

Dataset ML Model: Binary classification with numerical attributes

Dataset Reference:

One potential source of performance benchmarks:

The HTML formatted report can be found here on GitHub.