Unsupervised Domain Adaptation with Noise Resistible Mutual-Training for Person Re-identification

Unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) in the task of person re-identification (re-ID) is highly challenging due to large domain divergence and no class overlap between domains. Pseudo-label based self-training is one of the representative techniques to address UDA. However, label noise caused by unsupervised clustering is always a trouble to self-training methods. To depress noises in pseudo-labels, this paper proposes a Noise Resistible Mutual-Training (NRMT) method, which maintains two networks during training to perform collaborative clustering and mutual instance selection. On one hand, collaborative clustering eases the fitting to noisy instances by allowing the two networks to use pseudo-labels provided by each other as an additional supervision. On the other hand, mutual instance selection further selects reliable and informative instances for training according to the peer-confidence and relationship disagreement of the networks. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms the state-of-the-art UDA methods for person re-ID.

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