Extending and Analyzing Self-Supervised Learning Across Domains

Bram Wallace, Bharath Hariharan

Self-supervised representation learning has achieved impressive results in recent years, with experiments primarily coming on ImageNet or other similarly large internet imagery datasets. There has been little to no work with these methods on other smaller domains, such as satellite, textural, or biological imagery. We experiment with several popular methods on an unprecedented variety of domains. We discover, among other findings, that Rotation is by far the most semantically meaningful task, with much of the performance of Jigsaw and Instance Discrimination being attributable to the nature of their induced distribution rather than semantic understanding. Additionally, there are several areas, such as fine-grain classification, where all tasks underperform. We quantitatively and qualitatively diagnose the reasons for these failures and successes via novel experiments studying pretext generalization, random labelings, and implicit dimensionality. Code and models are available at https://github.com/BramSW/Extending_SSRL_Across_Domains/.

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