Distinguishing Unseen From Seen for Generalized Zero-Shot Learning

CVPR 2022  ·  Hongzu Su, Jingjing Li, Zhi Chen, Lei Zhu, Ke Lu ·

Generalized zero-shot learning (GZSL) aims to recognize samples whose categories may not have been seen at training. Recognizing unseen classes as seen ones or vice versa often leads to poor performance in GZSL. Therefore, distinguishing seen and unseen domains is naturally an effective yet challenging solution for GZSL. In this paper, we present a novel method which leverages both visual and semantic modalities to distinguish seen and unseen categories. Specifically, our method deploys two variational autoencoders to generate latent representations for visual and semantic modalities in a shared latent space, in which we align latent representations of both modalities by Wasserstein distance and reconstruct two modalities with the representations of each other. In order to learn a clearer boundary between seen and unseen classes, we propose a two-stage training strategy which takes advantage of seen and unseen semantic descriptions and searches a threshold to separate seen and unseen visual samples. At last, a seen expert and an unseen expert are used for final classification. Extensive experiments on five widely used benchmarks verify that the proposed method can significantly improve the results of GZSL. For instance, our method correctly recognizes more than 99% samples when separating domains and improves the final classification accuracy from 72.6% to 82.9% on AWA1.

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