Self-Supervised Learning for Fine-Grained Image Classification


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Fine-grained image classification involves identifying different subcategories of a class which possess very subtle discriminatory features. Fine-grained datasets usually provide bounding box annotations along with class labels to aid the process of classification. However, building large scale datasets with such annotations is a mammoth task. Moreover, this extensive annotation is time-consuming and often requires expertise, which is a huge bottleneck in building large datasets. On the other hand, self-supervised learning (SSL) exploits the freely available data to generate supervisory signals which act as labels. The features learnt by performing some pretext tasks on huge unlabelled data proves to be very helpful for multiple downstream tasks. Our idea is to leverage self-supervision such that the model learns useful representations of fine-grained image classes. We experimented with 3 kinds of models: Jigsaw solving as pretext task, adversarial learning (SRGAN) and contrastive learning based (SimCLR) model. The learned features are used for downstream tasks such as fine-grained image classification. Our code is available at
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