Burn after Reading: Online Adaptation for Cross-Domain Streaming Data

Luyu Yang, Mingfei Gao, Zeyuan Chen, Ran Xu, Abhinav Shrivastava, Chetan Ramaiah ;


"In the context of online privacy, many methods propose complex security preserving measures to protect sensitive data. In this paper, we note that: not storing any sensitive data is the best form of security. We propose an online framework called ""Burn After Reading"", i.e. each online sample is permanently deleted after it is processed. Our framework utilizes the labels from the public data and predicts on the unlabeled sensitive private data. To tackle the inevitable distribution shift from the public data to the private data, we propose a novel domain adaptation algorithm that directly aims at the fundamental challenge of this online setting--the lack of diverse source-target data pairs. We design a Cross-Domain Bootstrapping approach, named CroDoBo, to increase the combined data diversity across domains. To fully exploit the valuable discrepancies among the diverse combinations, we employ the training strategy of multiple learners with co-supervision. CroDoBo achieves state-of-the-art online performance on four domain adaptation benchmarks. Code is provided."

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