Closing the Generalization Gap in One-Shot Object DetectionDownload PDF

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Keywords: One-Shot Learning, Few-Shot Learning, Object Detection, One-Shot Object Detection, Generalization
Abstract: Despite substantial progress in object detection and few-shot learning, detecting objects based on a single example - one-shot object detection - remains a challenge. A central problem is the generalization gap: Object categories used during training are detected much more reliably than novel ones. We here show that this generalization gap can be nearly closed by increasing the number of object categories used during training. Doing so allows us to beat the state-of-the-art on COCO by 5.4 %AP50 (from 22.0 to 27.5) and improve generalization from seen to unseen classes from 45% to 89%. We verify that the effect is caused by the number of categories and not the amount of data and that it holds for different models, backbones and datasets. This result suggests that the key to strong few-shot detection models may not lie in sophisticated metric learning approaches, but instead simply in scaling the number of categories. We hope that our findings will help to better understand the challenges of few-shot learning and encourage future data annotation efforts to focus on wider datasets with a broader set of categories rather than gathering more samples per category.
One-sentence Summary: The generalization gap in one-shot object detection can be closed using datasets with sufficient categories.
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