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Unsupervised Deep Hashing with Pseudo Labels for Scalable Image Retrieval

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yang Long



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IEEE In order to achieve efficient similarity searching, hash functions are designed to encode images into lowdimensional binary codes with the constraint that similar features will have a short distance in the projected Hamming space. Recently, deep learning based methods have become more popular, and outperform traditional non-deep methods. However, without label information, most state-of-the-art unsupervised deep hashing algorithms suffer from severe performance degradation for unsupervised scenarios. One of the main reasons is that the adhoc encoding process cannot properly capture the visual feature distribution. In this paper, we propose a novel unsupervised framework that has two main contributions: 1) we convert the unsupervised deep hashing model into supervised by discovering pseudo labels; 2) the framework unifies likelihood maximisation, mutual information maximisation and quantisation error minimisation so that the pseudo labels can maximumly preserve the distribution of visual features. Extensive experiments on three popular datasets demonstrate the advantages of the proposed method, which leads to significant performance improvement over the state-of-the-art unsupervised hashing algorithms.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhang H, Liu L, Long Y, Shao L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing

Year: 2018

Volume: 27

Issue: 4

Pages: 1626-1638

Print publication date: 01/04/2018

Online publication date: 08/12/2017

Acceptance date: 24/11/2017

Date deposited: 17/01/2019

ISSN (print): 1057-7149

ISSN (electronic): 1941-0042

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TIP.2017.2781422


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