Information-Theoretic Regularization for Multi-Source Domain Adaptation

Geon Yeong Park, Sang Wan Lee; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 9214-9223


Adversarial learning strategy has demonstrated remarkable performance in dealing with single-source Domain Adaptation (DA) problems, and it has recently been applied to Multi-source DA (MDA) problems. Although most existing MDA strategies rely on a multiple domain discriminator setting, its effect on the latent space representations has been poorly understood. Here we adopt an information-theoretic approach to identify and resolve the potential adverse effect of the multiple domain discriminators on MDA: disintegration of domain-discriminative information, limited computational scalability, and a large variance in the gradient of the loss during training. We examine the above issues by situating adversarial DA in the context of information regularization. This also provides a theoretical justification for using a single and unified domain discriminator. Based on this idea, we implement a novel neural architecture called a Multi-source Information-regularized Adaptation Networks (MIAN). Large-scale experiments demonstrate that MIAN, despite its structural simplicity, reliably and significantly outperforms other state-of-the-art methods.

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@InProceedings{Park_2021_ICCV, author = {Park, Geon Yeong and Lee, Sang Wan}, title = {Information-Theoretic Regularization for Multi-Source Domain Adaptation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {9214-9223} }