LibFewShot: A Comprehensive Library for Few-shot Learning

Few-shot learning, especially few-shot image classification, has received increasing attention and witnessed significant advances in recent years. Some recent studies implicitly show that many generic techniques or ``tricks'', such as data augmentation, pre-training, knowledge distillation, and self-supervision, may greatly boost the performance of a few-shot learning method... Moreover, different works may employ different software platforms, different training schedules, different backbone architectures and even different input image sizes, making fair comparisons difficult and practitioners struggle with reproducibility. To address these situations, we propose a comprehensive library for few-shot learning (LibFewShot) by re-implementing seventeen state-of-the-art few-shot learning methods in a unified framework with the same single codebase in PyTorch. Furthermore, based on LibFewShot, we provide comprehensive evaluations on multiple benchmark datasets with multiple backbone architectures to evaluate common pitfalls and effects of different training tricks. In addition, given the recent doubts on the necessity of meta- or episodic-training mechanism, our evaluation results show that such kind of mechanism is still necessary especially when combined with pre-training. We hope our work can not only lower the barriers for beginners to work on few-shot learning but also remove the effects of the nontrivial tricks to facilitate intrinsic research on few-shot learning. The source code is available from https://github.com/RL-VIG/LibFewShot. read more

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