Learning from Web Data Using Adversarial Discriminative Neural Networks for Fine-Grained Classification

  • Xiaoxiao Sun Nankai University
  • Liyi Chen Nankai University
  • Jufeng Yang Nankai University *


Fine-grained classification is absorbed in recognizing the subordinate categories of one field, which need a large number of labeled images, while it is expensive to label these images. Utilizing web data has been an attractive option to meet the demands of training data for convolutional neural networks (CNNs), especially when the well-labeled data is not enough. However, directly training on such easily obtained images often leads to unsatisfactory performance due to factors such as noisy labels. This has been conventionally addressed by reducing the noise level of web data. In this paper, we take a fundamentally different view and propose an adversarial discriminative loss to advocate representation coherence between standard and web data. This is further encapsulated in a simple, scalable and end-to-end trainable multi-task learning framework. We experiment on three public datasets using large-scale web data to evaluate the effectiveness and generalizability of the proposed approach. Extensive experiments demonstrate that our approach performs favorably against the state-of-the-art methods.

AAAI Technical Track: AI and the Web