The "Something Something" Video Database for Learning and Evaluating Visual Common Sense

Raghav Goyal, Samira Ebrahimi Kahou, Vincent Michalski, Joanna Materzynska, Susanne Westphal, Heuna Kim, Valentin Haenel, Ingo Fruend, Peter Yianilos, Moritz Mueller-Freitag, Florian Hoppe, Christian Thurau, Ingo Bax, Roland Memisevic; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 5842-5850


Neural networks trained on datasets such as ImageNet have led to major advances in visual object classification. One obstacle that prevents networks from reasoning more deeply about complex scenes and situations, and from integrating visual knowledge with natural language, like humans do, is their lack of common sense knowledge about the physical world. Videos, unlike still images, contain a wealth of detailed information about the physical world. However, most labelled video datasets represent high-level concepts rather than detailed physical aspects about actions and scenes. In this work, we describe our ongoing collection of the "something-something" database of video prediction tasks whose solutions require a common sense understanding of the depicted situation. The database currently contains more than 100,000 videos across 174 classes, which are defined as caption-templates. We also describe the challenges in crowd-sourcing this data at scale.

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author = {Goyal, Raghav and Ebrahimi Kahou, Samira and Michalski, Vincent and Materzynska, Joanna and Westphal, Susanne and Kim, Heuna and Haenel, Valentin and Fruend, Ingo and Yianilos, Peter and Mueller-Freitag, Moritz and Hoppe, Florian and Thurau, Christian and Bax, Ingo and Memisevic, Roland},
title = {The "Something Something" Video Database for Learning and Evaluating Visual Common Sense},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}