3 years ago

Optimizing Rank-based Metrics with Blackbox Differentiation. (arXiv:1912.03500v2 [cs.LG] UPDATED)

Michal Rolínek, Vít Musil, Anselm Paulus, Marin Vlastelica, Claudio Michaelis, Georg Martius
Rank-based metrics are some of the most widely used criteria for performance evaluation of computer vision models. Despite years of effort, direct optimization for these metrics remains a challenge due to their non-differentiable and non-decomposable nature. We present an efficient, theoretically sound, and general method for differentiating rank-based metrics with mini-batch gradient descent. In addition, we address optimization instability and sparsity of the supervision signal that both arise from using rank-based metrics as optimization targets. Resulting losses based on recall and Average Precision are applied to image retrieval and object detection tasks. We obtain performance that is competitive with state-of-the-art on standard image retrieval datasets and consistently improve performance of near state-of-the-art object detectors. The code is available at https://github.com/martius-lab/blackbox-backprop

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1912.03500

DOI: arXiv:1912.03500v2

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