LABELNET: Recovering Noisy Labels

Amirmasoud Ghiassi, Robert Birke, Rui Han, Lydia Y. Chen

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Today's available datasets in the wild, e.g., from social media and open platforms, present tremendous opportunities and challenges for deep learning, as there is a significant portion of tagged images, but often with noisy, i.e. erroneous, labels. Recent studies improve the robustness of deep models against noisy labels without the knowledge of true labels. In this paper, we advocate to derive a stronger classifier which proactively makes use of the noisy labels in addition to the original images - turning noisy labels into learning features. To such an end, we propose a novel framework, LABELNET, composed of Amateur and Expert, which iteratively learn from each other. Amateur is a regular image classifier trained by the feedback of Expert, which imitates how human experts would correct the predicted labels from Amateur using the noise pattern learnt from the knowledge of both the noisy and ground truth labels. The trained Amateur and Expert proactively leverage the images and their noisy labels to infer image classes. Our empirical evaluations on noisy versions of MNIST, CIFAR-10, CIFAR-100 and real-world data of Clothing1M show that the proposed model can achieve robust classification against a wide range of noise ratios and with as little as 20-50% training data, compared to state-of-the-art deep models that solely focus on distilling the impact of noisy labels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIJCNN 2021 - International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7381-3366-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2021 - Virtual, Shenzhen, China
Duration: 18 Jul 202122 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks


Conference2021 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2021
CityVirtual, Shenzhen


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