We Have So Much In Common: Modeling Semantic Relational Set Abstractions in Videos

Alex Andonian, Camilo Fosco, Mathew Monfort, Allen Lee, Rogerio Feris, Carl Vondrick, Aude Oliva ;


Identifying common patterns among events is a key capability for human and machine perception, as it underlies intelligent decision making. Here, we propose an approach for learning semantic relational set abstractions on videos, inspired by human learning. Our model combines visual features as input with natural language supervision to generate high-level representations of similarities across a set of videos. This allows our model to perform cognitive tasks such as set abstraction (what is in common among a set of videos?), set completion (which new video goes well with the set?), and odd one out detection (which video does not belong in the set?). Experiments on two video benchmarks, Kinetics and Multi-Moments in Time, show that robust and versatile representations emerge when learning to recognize commonalities among sets. We compare our model to several baseline algorithms and show that significant improvements result from explicitly learning relational abstractions with semantic supervision."

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