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I Have Seen Enough: Transferring Parts Across Categories

David Novotny, Diane Larlus, Andrea Vedaldi
The recent successes of deep learning have been possible due to the availability of increasingly large quantities of annotated data. A natural question, however, is whether further progress can be indefinitely sustained by annotating more data, or whether there is a saturation point beyond which a problem is essentially solved, or the capacity of a model is saturated. In this paper we examine this question from the viewpoint of learning shareable semantic parts, a fundamental building block to generalize visual knowledge between object categories. We ask two research questions often neglected: whether semantic parts are also visually shareable between classes, and how many annotations are required to learn them. In order to answer such questions, we collect 15,000 images of 100 animal classes and annotate them with parts. We then thoroughly test active learning and domain adaptation techniques to generalize to unseen classes parts that are learned from a limited number of classes and example images. Our experiments show that, for a majority of the classes, part annotations transfer well, and that performance reaches 98% of the accuracy of the fully annotated scenario by providing only a few thousand examples.
BMVC, York, UK, 19-22 September, 2016.


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