Exploring the Limits of Out-of-Distribution DetectionDownload PDF

21 May 2021, 20:49 (edited 17 Jan 2022)NeurIPS 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: out-of-distribution detection, outlier exposure
  • TL;DR: We significantly improve the state-of-the-art on difficult out-of-distribution detection benchmarks (improving AUROC from 85% to 96% on CIFAR-100 vs CIFAR-10, 66% to 77% on genomics) and show that outlier exposure can further improve performance.
  • Abstract: Near out-of-distribution detection (OOD) is a major challenge for deep neural networks. We demonstrate that large-scale pre-trained transformers can significantly improve the state-of-the-art (SOTA) on a range of near OOD tasks across different data modalities. For instance, on CIFAR-100 vs CIFAR-10 OOD detection, we improve the AUROC from 85% (current SOTA) to more than 96% using Vision Transformers pre-trained on ImageNet21k. On a challenging genomics OOD detection benchmark, we improve the AUROC from 66% to 77% using transformer and unsupervised pre-training. To further improve performance, we explore the few-shot outlier exposure setting where a few examples from outlier classes may be available; we show that pre-trained transformers are particularly well-suited for outlier exposure, and that the AUROC of OOD detection on CIFAR-100 vs CIFAR-10 can be improved to 98.7% with just 1 image per OOD class, and 99.46% with 10 images per OOD class. For multi-modal image-text pre-trained transformers such as CLIP, we explore a new way of using just the names of outlier classes as a sole source of information without any accompanying images, and show that this outperforms previous SOTA on standard OOD benchmark tasks.
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