Why Does a Visual Question Have Different Answers?

Nilavra Bhattacharya, Qing Li, Danna Gurari; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 4271-4280

Abstract


Visual question answering is the task of returning the answer to a question about an image. A challenge is that different people often provide different answers to the same visual question. To our knowledge, this is the first work that aims to understand why. We propose a taxonomy of nine plausible reasons, and create two labelled datasets consisting of 45,000 visual questions indicating which reasons led to answer differences. We then propose a novel problem of predicting directly from a visual question which reasons will cause answer differences as well as a novel algorithm for this purpose. Experiments demonstrate the advantage of our approach over several related baselines on two diverse datasets. We publicly share the datasets and code at https://vizwiz.org.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Bhattacharya_2019_ICCV,
author = {Bhattacharya, Nilavra and Li, Qing and Gurari, Danna},
title = {Why Does a Visual Question Have Different Answers?},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}
}