Semantic label sharing for learning with many categories

Rob Fergus, Hector Bernal, Yair Weiss, Antonio Torralba

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In an object recognition scenario with tens of thousands of categories, even a small number of labels per category leads to a very large number of total labels required. We propose a simple method of label sharing between semantically similar categories. We leverage the WordNet hierarchy to define semantic distance between any two categories and use this semantic distance to share labels. Our approach can be used with any classifier. Experimental results on a range of datasets, upto 80 million images and 75,000 categories in size, show that despite the simplicity of the approach, it leads to significant improvements in performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ECCV 2010 - 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)3642155480, 9783642155482
StatePublished - 2010
Event11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 10 2010Sep 11 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6311 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2010
CityHeraklion, Crete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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