Local Relation Networks for Image Recognition

ICCV 2019  ·  Han Hu, Zheng Zhang, Zhenda Xie, Stephen Lin ·

The convolution layer has been the dominant feature extractor in computer vision for years. However, the spatial aggregation in convolution is basically a pattern matching process that applies fixed filters which are inefficient at modeling visual elements with varying spatial distributions... This paper presents a new image feature extractor, called the local relation layer, that adaptively determines aggregation weights based on the compositional relationship of local pixel pairs. With this relational approach, it can composite visual elements into higher-level entities in a more efficient manner that benefits semantic inference. A network built with local relation layers, called the Local Relation Network (LR-Net), is found to provide greater modeling capacity than its counterpart built with regular convolution on large-scale recognition tasks such as ImageNet classification. read more

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Image Classification ImageNet LR-Net-26 Top 1 Accuracy 75.7% # 315
Top 5 Accuracy 92.6% # 167

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