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Is Multimodal Vision Supervision Beneficial to Language?
Vision (image & video) - Language (VL) pre-training is the recent popular paradigm that achieved state-of-the-art results on multi-modal tasks like image-retrieval, video-retrieval, visual question answering etc. These models are trained in an unsupervised way and greatly benefit from the complementary modality supervision. In this paper, we explore if the language representations trained using vision supervision perform better than vanilla language representations on Natural Language Understanding and common-sense reasoning benchmarks. We experiment with a diverse set of image-text models such as ALBEF, BLIP, METER and video-text models like ALPRO, Frozen in Time, VIOLET. We compare the performance of language representations of stand-alone text encoders of these models to the language representations of text encoders learnt through vision supervision. Our experiments suggest that vanilla language representations show superior performance on most of the tasks. These results shed light on the current drawbacks of the vision-language models.