Keywords: few-shot learning, self-training, cross-domain few-shot learning
Abstract: Most few-shot learning techniques are pre-trained on a large, labeled “base dataset”. In problem domains where such large labeled datasets are not available for pre-training (e.g., X-ray, satellite images), one must resort to pre-training in a different “source” problem domain (e.g., ImageNet), which can be very different from the desired target task. Traditional few-shot and transfer learning techniques fail in the presence of such extreme differences between the source and target tasks. In this paper, we present a simple and effective solution to tackle this extreme domain gap: self-training a source domain representation on unlabeled data from the target domain. We show that this improves one-shot performance on the target domain by 2.9 points on average on the challenging BSCD-FSL benchmark consisting of datasets from multiple domains.
One-sentence Summary: Self-training a source domain classifier on unlabeled data from the target domain improves cross-domain few-shot transfer.
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Code: [![github](/images/github_icon.svg) cpphoo/STARTUP](https://github.com/cpphoo/STARTUP)
Data: [ImageNet](https://paperswithcode.com/dataset/imagenet), [mini-Imagenet](https://paperswithcode.com/dataset/mini-imagenet), [tieredImageNet](https://paperswithcode.com/dataset/tieredimagenet)