I am training a CNN to identify objects in images (one label per image). However, I have additional information about these images that cannot be retrieved by looking at the image itself. In more detail, I'm talking about the physical location of this object. This information proved to be important when classifying these objects.
However, I can't think of a good solution to include this information in a image recognition model, since the CNN is classifying the object based on the pixel values and not on ordered feature data.
One possible solution I was thinking of was to have an additional simple ML model on tabular data (including mainly the location data), such as an SVM, to give give a certain additional weight to the output of the CNN. Would this be a good strategy? I can't seem to find anything in the literature about this.
Thanks in advance!
edit: Someone asked what I meant by 'location'. With the location I meant the physical location of where the image was taken, in context of a large 2d space. I don't want to go too deep into the domain, but it's basically an (x,y) vector on a surface area, and obviously this meta-data cannot be extracted by looking at the pixel values.
edit2: I want to propose an additional way I found that was useful, but was not mentioned in any answer. Instead of using the neural network to predict the classes, I use the neural network to produce features.
I removed the final layer, which resulted in an output of shape 1024x1. This obviously depends on the design of your network. Then, I can use these features together with the meta-data (in my case location data) in an additional model to make predictions, such an SVM or another NN.