Extreme Triplet Learning: Effectively Optimizing Easy Positives and Hard NegativesDownload PDF

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  • Keywords: Triplet Learning, Easy Positive, Hard Negatives
  • Abstract: The Triplet Loss approach to Distance Metric Learning is defined by the strategy to select triplets and the loss function through which those triplets are optimized. During optimization, two especially important cases are easy positive and hard negative mining which consider, the closest example of the same and different classes. We characterize how triplets behave based during optimization as a function of these similarities, and highlight that these important cases have technical problems where standard gradient descent behaves poorly, pulling the negative example closer and/or pushing the positive example farther away. We derive an updated loss function that fixes these problems and shows improvements to the state of the art for CUB, CAR, SOP, In-Shop Clothes datasets.
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