LANCE: Stress-testing Visual Models by Generating Language-guided Counterfactual Images

Published: 21 Sept 2023, Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023NeurIPS 2023 posterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Keywords: image classification, robustness, guided diffusion models, counterfactuals
TL;DR: Developing challenging test-suites to stress-test object recognition models at scale by generating language-guided counterfactual images
Abstract: We propose an automated algorithm to stress-test a trained visual model by generating language-guided counterfactual test images (LANCE). Our method leverages recent progress in large language modeling and text-based image editing to augment an IID test set with a suite of diverse, realistic, and challenging test images without altering model weights. We benchmark the performance of a diverse set of pre-trained models on our generated data and observe significant and consistent performance drops. We further analyze model sensitivity across different types of edits, and demonstrate its applicability at surfacing previously unknown class-level model biases in ImageNet. Code is available at
Submission Number: 268