Pick up the PACE: Fast and Simple Domain Adaptation via Ensemble Pseudo-Labeling

26 May 2022  ·  Christopher Liao, Theodoros Tsiligkaridis, Brian Kulis ·

Domain Adaptation (DA) has received widespread attention from deep learning researchers in recent years because of its potential to improve test accuracy with out-of-distribution labeled data. Most state-of-the-art DA algorithms require an extensive amount of hyperparameter tuning and are computationally intensive due to the large batch sizes required. In this work, we propose a fast and simple DA method consisting of three stages: (1) domain alignment by covariance matching, (2) pseudo-labeling, and (3) ensembling. We call this method $\textbf{PACE}$, for $\textbf{P}$seudo-labels, $\textbf{A}$lignment of $\textbf{C}$ovariances, and $\textbf{E}$nsembles. PACE is trained on top of fixed features extracted from an ensemble of modern pretrained backbones. PACE exceeds previous state-of-the-art by $\textbf{5 - 10 \%}$ on most benchmark adaptation tasks without training a neural network. PACE reduces training time and hyperparameter tuning time by $82\%$ and $97\%$, respectively, when compared to state-of-the-art DA methods. Code is released here: https://github.com/Chris210634/PACE-Domain-Adaptation

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