Dual Contrastive Learning for Unsupervised Image-to-Image Translation

Unsupervised image-to-image translation tasks aim to find a mapping between a source domain X and a target domain Y from unpaired training data. Contrastive learning for Unpaired image-to-image Translation (CUT) yields state-of-the-art results in modeling unsupervised image-to-image translation by maximizing mutual information between input and output patches using only one encoder for both domains. In this paper, we propose a novel method based on contrastive learning and a dual learning setting (exploiting two encoders) to infer an efficient mapping between unpaired data. Additionally, while CUT suffers from mode collapse, a variant of our method efficiently addresses this issue. We further demonstrate the advantage of our approach through extensive ablation studies demonstrating superior performance comparing to recent approaches in multiple challenging image translation tasks. Lastly, we demonstrate that the gap between unsupervised methods and supervised methods can be efficiently closed.

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