Cross-modal Active Complementary Learning with Self-refining Correspondence

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Yang Qin, Yuan Sun, Dezhong Peng, Joey Tianyi Zhou, Xi Peng, Peng Hu


Recently, image-text matching has attracted more and more attention from academia and industry, which is fundamental to understanding the latent correspondence across visual and textual modalities. However, most existing methods implicitly assume the training pairs are well-aligned while ignoring the ubiquitous annotation noise, a.k.a noisy correspondence (NC), thereby inevitably leading to a performance drop. Although some methods attempt to address such noise, they still face two challenging problems: excessive memorizing/overfitting and unreliable correction for NC, especially under high noise. To address the two problems, we propose a generalized Cross-modal Robust Complementary Learning framework (CRCL), which benefits from a novel Active Complementary Loss (ACL) and an efficient Self-refining Correspondence Correction (SCC) to improve the robustness of existing methods. Specifically, ACL exploits active and complementary learning losses to reduce the risk of providing erroneous supervision, leading to theoretically and experimentally demonstrated robustness against NC. SCC utilizes multiple self-refining processes with momentum correction to enlarge the receptive field for correcting correspondences, thereby alleviating error accumulation and achieving accurate and stable corrections. We carry out extensive experiments on three image-text benchmarks, i.e., Flickr30K, MS-COCO, and CC152K, to verify the superior robustness of our CRCL against synthetic and real-world noisy correspondences.