Diachronic Cross-modal Embeddings
Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia - MM '19
Understanding the semantic shifts of multimodal information is only possible with models that capture cross-modal interactions over time. Under this paradigm, a new embedding is needed that structures visual-textual interactions according to the temporal dimension, thus, preserving data's original temporal organisation. This paper introduces a novel diachronic cross-modal embedding (DCM), where cross-modal correlations are represented in embedding space, throughout the temporal dimension,
... ving semantic similarity at each instant t. To achieve this, we trained a neural cross-modal architecture, under a novel ranking loss strategy, that for each multimodal instance, enforces neighbour instances' temporal alignment, through subspace structuring constraints based on a temporal alignment window. Experimental results show that our DCM embedding successfully organises instances over time. Quantitative experiments, confirm that DCM is able to preserve semantic cross-modal correlations at each instant t while also providing better alignment capabilities. Qualitative experiments unveil new ways to browse multimodal content and hint that multimodal understanding tasks can benefit from this new embedding.