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Exploring Visual Context for Weakly Supervised Person Search

by   Yichao Yan, et al.

Person search has recently emerged as a challenging task that jointly addresses pedestrian detection and person re-identification. Existing approaches follow a fully supervised setting where both bounding box and identity annotations are available. However, annotating identities is labor-intensive, limiting the practicability and scalability of current frameworks. This paper inventively considers weakly supervised person search with only bounding box annotations. We proposed the first framework to address this novel task, namely Context-Guided Person Search (CGPS), by investigating three levels of context clues (i.e., detection, memory and scene) in unconstrained natural images. The first two are employed to promote local and global discriminative capabilities, while the latter enhances clustering accuracy. Despite its simple design, our CGPS boosts the baseline model by 8.3 in mAP on CUHK-SYSU. Surprisingly, it even achieves comparable performance to two-step person search models, while displaying higher efficiency. Our code is available at


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