EvidentialMix: Learning With Combined Open-Set and Closed-Set Noisy Labels

Ragav Sachdeva, Filipe R. Cordeiro, Vasileios Belagiannis, Ian Reid, Gustavo Carneiro; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2021, pp. 3607-3615


The efficacy of deep learning depends on large-scale data sets that have been carefully curated with reliable data acquisition and annotation processes. However, acquiring such large-scale data sets with precise annotations is very expensive and time-consuming, and the cheap alternatives often yield data sets that have noisy labels. The field has addressed this problem by focusing on training models under two types of label noise: 1) closed-set noise, where some training samples are incorrectly annotated to a training label other than their known true class; and 2) open-set noise, where the training set includes samples that possess a true class that is (strictly) not contained in the set of known training labels. In this work, we study a new variant of the noisy label problem that combines the open-set and closed-set noisy labels, and introduce a benchmark evaluation to assess the performance of training algorithms under this setup. We argue that such problem is more general and better reflects the noisy label scenarios in practice. Furthermore, we propose a novel algorithm, called EvidentialMix, that addresses this problem and compare its performance with the state-of-the-art methods for both closed-set and open-set noise on the proposed benchmark. Our results show that our method produces superior classification results and better feature representations than previous state-of-the-art methods. The code is available at https://github.com/ragavsachdeva/EvidentialMix.

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@InProceedings{Sachdeva_2021_WACV, author = {Sachdeva, Ragav and Cordeiro, Filipe R. and Belagiannis, Vasileios and Reid, Ian and Carneiro, Gustavo}, title = {EvidentialMix: Learning With Combined Open-Set and Closed-Set Noisy Labels}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2021}, pages = {3607-3615} }