Is it a Shiba? Is it a Jindo?

Once upon a time I was sitting in on an online rescue dog adoption event hosted by a rescue organization. They rescue dogs from the dog meat trade in Korea. Oftentimes, when a dog is being shown on camera, there’s always the question of “What breed is that dog?” and the usual response is “We don’t know exactly.” The keyword is “exactly” and the reason for this (as they explain many times) is the dogs get rescued from all over Korea from multiple farms.

This inspired me to try to create a way to use a single image of a dog to correctly identify it’s breed. After doing some research, turns out people have already created a breed classifier already, but of course they don’t have all of the breeds. Therefore, I ended up trying to find a way to identify two breeds, Shiba Inu and Jindo, two common breeds I observed from the rescue adoption event that weren’t on any existing, available models.

Since the goal of this was to use an image to do a classification, I know I am going to end up working with images as my data points and eventually be making a convolutional neural network (CNN).

Data Collection

Data Augmentation

img_gen2 = ImageDataGenerator(rescale=1./255, 
width_shift_range = 0.2,
fill_mode= 'reflect')
data_generatation_1 = img_gen1.flow_from_directory(
target_size=(224, 224),
batch_size = 604,
classes = ['jindo','shiba'],
class_mode = 'binary',
seed = random_seed, #random seed = 123

After doing this and saving it all, I ended up with a balanced data set with about 1800 images in total. Despite it being the image of the same dog, to the CNN, the new image could as well be the image of another dog. Basically, the end result is making CNN see a dog and the proper classification. To show this and give a sense of the data, augmented images images are shown below.


I knew the eventual best thing to do time-wise was to apply transfer learning, but before doing that, I built a model that followed an AlexNet structure (a famous CNN design with 5 convolution layers and 3 fully connected) to get a taste of building. I had some help by following the code here, but I adjusted the dropout and learning rates to help with the overfit. Despite this, the model was still overfit, and so it was time to apply transfer learning.

Transfer Learning

model = VGG16(include_top=False, input_shape=(224, 224, 3))

# mark loaded layers as not trainable
for layer in model.layers:
layer.trainable = False


Some of the properly classified images are below, and it doesn’t seem like it’s doing too bad of a job. This does show, however, that the data images I have aren’t exactly clean, which makes sense since I only tried to clean the data very quickly to make sure all the images were only of a single dog.

Some of the misclassified images are here:

From looking at the misclassified and confusion matrix, it seems the model is having trouble identifying Shibas. Perhaps one potential cause could be there aren’t enough activation in the CNN to make the image know it’s a Shiba.


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