SOSNet: Second Order Similarity Regularization for Local Descriptor Learning

Yurun Tian, Xin Yu, Bin Fan, Fuchao Wu, Huub Heijnen, Vassileios Balntas; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 11016-11025

Abstract


Despite the fact that Second Order Similarity (SOS) has been used with significant success in tasks such as graph matching and clustering, it has not been exploited for learning local descriptors. In this work, we explore the potential of \sos in the field of descriptor learning by building upon the intuition that a positive pair of matching points should exhibit similar distances with respect to other points in the embedding space. Thus, we propose a novel regularization term, named Second Order Similarity Regularization (SOSR), that follows this principle. By incorporating SOSR into training, our learned descriptor achieves state-of-the-art performance on several challenging benchmarks containing distinct tasks ranging from local patch retrieval to structure from motion. Furthermore, by designing a von Mises-Fischer distribution based evaluation method, we link the utilization of the descriptor space to the matching performance, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of our proposed SOSR. Extensive experimental results, empirical evidence, and in-depth analysis are provided, indicating that SOSR can significantly boost the matching performance of the learned descriptor.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Tian_2019_CVPR,
author = {Tian, Yurun and Yu, Xin and Fan, Bin and Wu, Fuchao and Heijnen, Huub and Balntas, Vassileios},
title = {SOSNet: Second Order Similarity Regularization for Local Descriptor Learning},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}