Authors: Ke Xian, Jianming Zhang, Oliver Wang, Long Mai, Zhe Lin, Zhiguo Cao Description: Single image depth prediction is a challenging task due to its ill-posed nature and challenges with capturing ground truth for supervision. Large-scale disparity data generated from stereo photos and 3D videos is a promising source of supervision, however, such disparity data can only approximate the inverse ground truth depth up to an affine transformation. To more effectively learn from such pseudo-depth data, we propose to use a simple pair-wise ranking loss with a novel sampling strategy. Instead of randomly sampling point pairs, we guide the sampling to better characterize structure of important regions based on the low-level edge maps and high-level object instance masks. We show that the pair-wise ranking loss, combined with our structure-guided sampling strategies, can significantly improve the quality of depth map prediction. In addition, we introduce a new relative depth dataset of about 21K diverse high-resolution web stereo photos to enhance the generalization ability of our model. In experiments, we conduct cross-dataset evaluation on six benchmark datasets and show that our method consistently improves over the baselines, leading to superior quantitative and qualitative results.