Benchmarking and Error Diagnosis in Multi-Instance Pose Estimation

Matteo Ruggero Ronchi, Pietro Perona; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 369-378


We propose a new method to analyze the impact of errors in algorithms for multi-instance pose estimation and a principled benchmark that can be used to compare them. We define and characterize three classes of errors - localization, scoring, and background - study how they are influenced by instance attributes and their impact on an algorithm's performance. Our technique is applied to compare the two leading methods for human pose estimation on the COCO Dataset, measure the sensitivity of pose estimation with respect to instance size, type and number of visible keypoints, clutter due to multiple instances, and the relative score of instances. The performance of algorithms, and the types of error they make, are highly dependent on all these variables, but mostly on the number of keypoints and the clutter. The analysis and software tools we propose offer a novel and insightful approach for understanding the behavior of pose estimation algorithms and an effective method for measuring their strengths and weaknesses.

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author = {Ruggero Ronchi, Matteo and Perona, Pietro},
title = {Benchmarking and Error Diagnosis in Multi-Instance Pose Estimation},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}