Improved Embeddings with Easy Positive Triplet Mining

Hong Xuan, Abby Stylianou, Robert Pless
2020 2020 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)  
Deep metric learning seeks to define an embedding where semantically similar images are embedded to nearby locations, and semantically dissimilar images are embedded to distant locations. Substantial work has focused on loss functions and strategies to learn these embeddings by pushing images from the same class as close together in the embedding space as possible. In this paper, we propose an alternative, loosened embedding strategy that requires the embedding function only map each training
more » ... map each training image to the most similar examples from the same class, an approach we call "Easy Positive" mining. We provide a collection of experiments and visualizations that highlight that this Easy Positive mining leads to embeddings that are more flexible and generalize better to new unseen data. This simple mining strategy yields recall performance that exceeds state of the art approaches (including those with complicated loss functions and ensemble methods) on image retrieval datasets including CUB, Stanford
doi:10.1109/wacv45572.2020.9093432 dblp:conf/wacv/XuanSP20 fatcat:eliy7vy2o5d2hp5hxem7uxlnvq