Joint Semantic Domain Alignment and Target Classifier Learning for Unsupervised Domain Adaptation

Dong-Dong Chen, Yisen Wang, Jinfeng Yi, Zaiyi Chen, Zhi-Hua Zhou

Unsupervised domain adaptation aims to transfer the classifier learned from the source domain to the target domain in an unsupervised manner. With the help of target pseudo-labels, aligning class-level distributions and learning the classifier in the target domain are two widely used objectives. Existing methods often separately optimize these two individual objectives, which makes them suffer from the neglect of the other. However, optimizing these two aspects together is not trivial. To alleviate the above issues, we propose a novel method that jointly optimizes semantic domain alignment and target classifier learning in a holistic way. The joint optimization mechanism can not only eliminate their weaknesses but also complement their strengths. The theoretical analysis also verifies the favor of the joint optimization mechanism. Extensive experiments on benchmark datasets show that the proposed method yields the best performance in comparison with the state-of-the-art unsupervised domain adaptation methods.

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