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CVPR 2011 (2011)
Providence, RI
June 20, 2011 to June 25, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0394-2
pp: 1721-1728
Yong Jae Lee , Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
K. Grauman , Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
Objects vary in their visual complexity, yet existing discovery methods perform "batch" clustering, paying equal attention to all instances simultaneously - regardless of the strength of their appearance or context cues. We propose a self-paced approach that instead focuses on the easiest instances first, and progressively expands its repertoire to include more complex objects. Easier regions are defined as those with both high likelihood of generic objectness and high familiarity of surrounding objects. At each cycle of the discovery process, we re-estimate the easiness of each subwindow in the pool of unlabeled images, and then retrieve a single prominent cluster from among the easiest instances. Critically, as the system gradually accumulates models, each new (more difficult) discovery benefits from the context provided by earlier discoveries. Our experiments demonstrate the clear advantages of self-paced discovery relative to conventional batch approaches, including both more accurate summarization as well as stronger predictive models for novel data.
image retrieval, self-paced visual category discovery, visual complexity, generic objectness, unlabeled images

Yong Jae Lee and K. Grauman, "Learning the easy things first: Self-paced visual category discovery," CVPR 2011(CVPR), Providence, RI, 2011, pp. 1721-1728.
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