Decouple co-adaptation: Classifier randomization for person re-identification
Neurocomputing，2020，383（）：1-9 | 2020年03月28日 | doi.org/10.1016/j.neucom.2019.11.093
The Person Re-identification (ReID) task aims to match persons across cameras in a surveillance system. In the past few years, many researches are devoted to ReID and its performance has gained significant improvement. ReID models are usually trained as a joint framework comprising a person feature extractor and a classifier. However, there exists co-adaptation between the feature extractor and the classifier, which prevents the feature extractor from making effective and sufficient optimization and results in inferior retrieval performance. In this paper, we propose a very simple and effective training method, called DeAda, to decouple this co-adaptation. Our main motivation is to construct a series of weak classifiers during training by randomization of parameters, so that optimization on the feature extractor could be strengthened in the training stage. DeAda is easy, effective, and efficient, and could serve as a plug-and-play optimization tool for ReID models, without additional memory and time cost. We also analyze the theoretical property of DeAda and show that it could produce identical features for the same person under some simple assumptions. We demonstrate its effectiveness on three public ReID datasets: Market1501, DukeMTMC-reID and CUHK03 over different ReID models. With DeAda optimization, we finally obtain state-of-the-art results on all the three datasets.