Webly Supervised Learning Meets Zero-Shot Learning: A Hybrid Approach for Fine-Grained Classification

Li Niu, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Ashutosh Sabharwal; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 7171-7180

Abstract


Fine-grained image classification, which targets at distinguishing subtle distinctions among various subordinate categories, remains a very difficult task due to the high annotation cost of enormous fine-grained categories. To cope with the scarcity of well-labeled training images, existing works mainly follow two research directions: 1) utilize freely available web images without human annotation; 2) only annotate some fine-grained categories and transfer the knowledge to other fine-grained categories, which falls into the scope of zero-shot learning (ZSL). However, the above two directions have their own drawbacks. For the first direction, the labels of web images are very noisy and the data distribution between web images and test images are considerably different. For the second direction, the performance gap between ZSL and traditional supervised learning is still very large. The drawbacks of the above two directions motivate us to design a new framework which can jointly leverage both web data and auxiliary labeled categories to predict the test categories that are not associated with any well-labeled training images. Comprehensive experiments on three benchmark datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed framework.

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@InProceedings{Niu_2018_CVPR,
author = {Niu, Li and Veeraraghavan, Ashok and Sabharwal, Ashutosh},
title = {Webly Supervised Learning Meets Zero-Shot Learning: A Hybrid Approach for Fine-Grained Classification},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}
}