Re-Ranking via Metric Fusion for Object Retrieval and Person Re-Identification

Song Bai, Peng Tang, Philip H.S. Torr, Longin Jan Latecki; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 740-749

Abstract


This work studies the unsupervised re-ranking procedure for object retrieval and person re-identification with a specific concentration on an ensemble of multiple metrics (or similarities). While the re-ranking step is involved by running a diffusion process on the underlying data manifolds, the fusion step can leverage the complementarity of multiple metrics. We give a comprehensive summary of existing fusion with diffusion strategies, and systematically analyze their pros and cons. Based on the analysis, we propose a unified yet robust algorithm which inherits their advantages and discards their disadvantages. Hence, we call it Unified Ensemble Diffusion (UED). More interestingly, we derive that the inherited properties indeed stem from a theoretical framework, where the relevant works can be elegantly summarized as special cases of UED by imposing additional constraints on the objective function and varying the solver of similarity propagation. Extensive experiments with 3D shape retrieval, image retrieval and person re-identification demonstrate that the proposed framework outperforms the state of the arts, and at the same time suggest that re-ranking via metric fusion is a promising tool to further improve the retrieval performance of existing algorithms.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Bai_2019_CVPR,
author = {Bai, Song and Tang, Peng and Torr, Philip H.S. and Latecki, Longin Jan},
title = {Re-Ranking via Metric Fusion for Object Retrieval and Person Re-Identification},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}