Solving Mixed-Modal Jigsaw Puzzle for Fine-Grained Sketch-Based Image Retrieval

CVPR 2020

Solving Mixed-Modal Jigsaw Puzzle for Fine-Grained Sketch-Based Image Retrieval

Sep 29, 2020
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Authors: Kaiyue Pang, Yongxin Yang, Timothy M. Hospedales, Tao Xiang, Yi-Zhe Song Description: ImageNet pre-training has long been considered crucial by the fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval (FG-SBIR) community due to the lack of large sketch-photo paired datasets for FG-SBIR training. In this paper, we propose a self-supervised alternative for representation pre-training. Specifically, we consider the jigsaw puzzle game of recomposing images from shuffled parts. We identify two key facets of jigsaw task design that are required for effective FG-SBIR pre-training. The first is formulating the puzzle in a mixed-modality fashion. Second we show that framing the optimisation as permutation matrix inference via Sinkhorn iterations is more effective than the common classifier formulation of Jigsaw self-supervision. Experiments show that this self-supervised pre-training strategy significantly outperforms the standard ImageNet-based pipeline across all four product-level FG-SBIR benchmarks. Interestingly it also leads to improved cross-category generalisation across both pre-train/fine-tune and fine-tune/testing stages.

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