Collections of filters based on histograms of oriented gradients (HOG) are common for several detection methods, notably, poselets and exemplar SVMs. The main bottleneck in training such systems is the selection of a subset of good filters from a large number of possible choices. We show that one can learn a universal model of part “goodness” based on properties that can be computed from the filter itself. The intuition is that good filters across categories exhibit common traits such as, low clutter and gradients that are spatially correlated. This allows us to quickly discard filters that are not promising thereby speeding up the training procedure. Applied to training the poselet model, our automated selection procedure allows us to improve its detection performance on the PASCAL VOC data sets, while speeding up training by an
order of magnitude
. Similar results are reported for exemplar SVMs.