Revisiting Contrastive Learning for Few-Shot Classification

01/26/2021 ∙ by Orchid Majumder, et al. ∙ 16

Instance discrimination based contrastive learning has emerged as a leading approach for self-supervised learning of visual representations. Yet, its generalization to novel tasks remains elusive when compared to representations learned with supervision, especially in the few-shot setting. We demonstrate how one can incorporate supervision in the instance discrimination based contrastive self-supervised learning framework to learn representations that generalize better to novel tasks. We call our approach CIDS (Contrastive Instance Discrimination with Supervision). CIDS performs favorably compared to existing algorithms on popular few-shot benchmarks like Mini-ImageNet or Tiered-ImageNet. We also propose a novel model selection algorithm that can be used in conjunction with a universal embedding trained using CIDS to outperform state-of-the-art algorithms on the challenging Meta-Dataset benchmark.

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