Predicting User Annoyance Using Visual Attributes

Computer Vision algorithms make mistakes. In human-centric applications, some mistakes are more annoying to users than others. In order to design algorithms that minimize the annoyance to users, we need access to an annoyance or cost matrix that holds the annoyance of each type of mistake. Such matrices are not readily available, especially for a wide gamut of human-centric applications where annoyance is tied closely to human perception. To avoid having to conduct extensive user studies to gather the annoyance matrix for all possible mistakes, we propose predicting the annoyance of previously unseen mistakes by learning from example mistakes and their corresponding annoyance. We promote the use of attribute-based representations to transfer this knowledge of annoyance. Our experimental results with faces and scenes demonstrate that our approach can predict annoyance more accurately than baselines. We show that as a result, our approach makes less annoying mistakes in a real-world image retrieval application.

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