Uniform Priors for Data-Efficient Learning

Samarth Sinha, Karsten Roth, Anirudh Goyal, Marzyeh Ghassemi, Zeynep Akata, Hugo Larochelle, Animesh Garg; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops, 2022, pp. 4017-4028


Few or zero-shot adaptation to novel tasks is important for the scalability and deployment of machine learning models. It is therefore crucial to find properties that encourage more transferable features in deep networks for generalization. In this paper, we show that models that learn uniformly distributed features from the training data, are able to perform better transfer learning at test-time. Motivated by this, we evaluate our method: uniformity regularization (\mathcal UR ) on its ability to facilitate adaptation to unseen tasks and data on six distinct domains: Few-Learning with Images, Few-shot Learning with Language, Deep Metric Learning, Zero-Shot Domain Adaptation, Out-of-Distribution classification, and Neural Radiance Fields. Across all experiments, we show that using \mathcal UR , we are able to learn robust vision systems which consistently offer benefits over baselines trained without uniformity regularization and are able to achieve state-of-the-art performance in Deep Metric Learning, Few-shot learning with images and language.

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@InProceedings{Sinha_2022_CVPR, author = {Sinha, Samarth and Roth, Karsten and Goyal, Anirudh and Ghassemi, Marzyeh and Akata, Zeynep and Larochelle, Hugo and Garg, Animesh}, title = {Uniform Priors for Data-Efficient Learning}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshops}, month = {June}, year = {2022}, pages = {4017-4028} }