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GitTables: A Large-Scale Corpus of Relational Tables

Jun 14, 2021
Madelon Hulsebos, Çağatay Demiralp, Paul Groth

The practical success of deep learning has sparked interest in improving relational table tasks, like data search, with models trained on large table corpora. Existing corpora primarily contain tables extracted from HTML pages, limiting the capability to represent offline database tables. To train and evaluate high-capacity models for applications beyond the Web, we need additional resources with tables that resemble relational database tables. Here we introduce GitTables, a corpus of currently 1.7M relational tables extracted from GitHub. Our continuing curation aims at growing the corpus to at least 20M tables. We annotate table columns in GitTables with more than 2K different semantic types from and DBpedia. Our column annotations consist of semantic types, hierarchical relations, range types and descriptions. The corpus is available at Our analysis of GitTables shows that its structure, content, and topical coverage differ significantly from existing table corpora. We evaluate our annotation pipeline on hand-labeled tables from the T2Dv2 benchmark and find that our approach provides results on par with human annotations. We demonstrate a use case of GitTables by training a semantic type detection model on it and obtain high prediction accuracy. We also show that the same model trained on tables from theWeb generalizes poorly.

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Multi-modal Sarcasm Detection and Humor Classification in Code-mixed Conversations

May 31, 2021
Manjot Bedi, Shivani Kumar, Md Shad Akhtar, Tanmoy Chakraborty

Sarcasm detection and humor classification are inherently subtle problems, primarily due to their dependence on the contextual and non-verbal information. Furthermore, existing studies in these two topics are usually constrained in non-English languages such as Hindi, due to the unavailability of qualitative annotated datasets. In this work, we make two major contributions considering the above limitations: (1) we develop a Hindi-English code-mixed dataset, MaSaC, for the multi-modal sarcasm detection and humor classification in conversational dialog, which to our knowledge is the first dataset of its kind; (2) we propose MSH-COMICS, a novel attention-rich neural architecture for the utterance classification. We learn efficient utterance representation utilizing a hierarchical attention mechanism that attends to a small portion of the input sentence at a time. Further, we incorporate dialog-level contextual attention mechanism to leverage the dialog history for the multi-modal classification. We perform extensive experiments for both the tasks by varying multi-modal inputs and various submodules of MSH-COMICS. We also conduct comparative analysis against existing approaches. We observe that MSH-COMICS attains superior performance over the existing models by > 1 F1-score point for the sarcasm detection and 10 F1-score points in humor classification. We diagnose our model and perform thorough analysis of the results to understand the superiority and pitfalls.

* 13 pages, 4 figures, 9 tables 

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Real-Time Visual Object Tracking via Few-Shot Learning

Mar 18, 2021
Jinghao Zhou, Bo Li, Peng Wang, Peixia Li, Weihao Gan, Wei Wu, Junjie Yan, Wanli Ouyang

Visual Object Tracking (VOT) can be seen as an extended task of Few-Shot Learning (FSL). While the concept of FSL is not new in tracking and has been previously applied by prior works, most of them are tailored to fit specific types of FSL algorithms and may sacrifice running speed. In this work, we propose a generalized two-stage framework that is capable of employing a large variety of FSL algorithms while presenting faster adaptation speed. The first stage uses a Siamese Regional Proposal Network to efficiently propose the potential candidates and the second stage reformulates the task of classifying these candidates to a few-shot classification problem. Following such a coarse-to-fine pipeline, the first stage proposes informative sparse samples for the second stage, where a large variety of FSL algorithms can be conducted more conveniently and efficiently. As substantiation of the second stage, we systematically investigate several forms of optimization-based few-shot learners from previous works with different objective functions, optimization methods, or solution space. Beyond that, our framework also entails a direct application of the majority of other FSL algorithms to visual tracking, enabling mutual communication between researchers on these two topics. Extensive experiments on the major benchmarks, VOT2018, OTB2015, NFS, UAV123, TrackingNet, and GOT-10k are conducted, demonstrating a desirable performance gain and a real-time speed.

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Multi-attentional Deepfake Detection

Mar 08, 2021
Hanqing Zhao, Wenbo Zhou, Dongdong Chen, Tianyi Wei, Weiming Zhang, Nenghai Yu

Face forgery by deepfake is widely spread over the internet and has raised severe societal concerns. Recently, how to detect such forgery contents has become a hot research topic and many deepfake detection methods have been proposed. Most of them model deepfake detection as a vanilla binary classification problem, i.e, first use a backbone network to extract a global feature and then feed it into a binary classifier (real/fake). But since the difference between the real and fake images in this task is often subtle and local, we argue this vanilla solution is not optimal. In this paper, we instead formulate deepfake detection as a fine-grained classification problem and propose a new multi-attentional deepfake detection network. Specifically, it consists of three key components: 1) multiple spatial attention heads to make the network attend to different local parts; 2) textural feature enhancement block to zoom in the subtle artifacts in shallow features; 3) aggregate the low-level textural feature and high-level semantic features guided by the attention maps. Moreover, to address the learning difficulty of this network, we further introduce a new regional independence loss and an attention guided data augmentation strategy. Through extensive experiments on different datasets, we demonstrate the superiority of our method over the vanilla binary classifier counterparts, and achieve state-of-the-art performance.

* CVPR2021 preview 

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Nonlinear Projection Based Gradient Estimation for Query Efficient Blackbox Attacks

Feb 25, 2021
Huichen Li, Linyi Li, Xiaojun Xu, Xiaolu Zhang, Shuang Yang, Bo Li

Gradient estimation and vector space projection have been studied as two distinct topics. We aim to bridge the gap between the two by investigating how to efficiently estimate gradient based on a projected low-dimensional space. We first provide lower and upper bounds for gradient estimation under both linear and nonlinear projections, and outline checkable sufficient conditions under which one is better than the other. Moreover, we analyze the query complexity for the projection-based gradient estimation and present a sufficient condition for query-efficient estimators. Built upon our theoretic analysis, we propose a novel query-efficient Nonlinear Gradient Projection-based Boundary Blackbox Attack (NonLinear-BA). We conduct extensive experiments on four image datasets: ImageNet, CelebA, CIFAR-10, and MNIST, and show the superiority of the proposed methods compared with the state-of-the-art baselines. In particular, we show that the projection-based boundary blackbox attacks are able to achieve much smaller magnitude of perturbations with 100% attack success rate based on efficient queries. Both linear and nonlinear projections demonstrate their advantages under different conditions. We also evaluate NonLinear-BA against the commercial online API MEGVII Face++, and demonstrate the high blackbox attack performance both quantitatively and qualitatively. The code is publicly available at

* Accepted by AISTATS 2021; 9 pages excluding references and appendices 

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VLEngagement: A Dataset of Scientific Video Lectures for Evaluating Population-based Engagement

Nov 02, 2020
Sahan Bulathwela, Maria Perez-Ortiz, Emine Yilmaz, John Shawe-Taylor

With the emergence of e-learning and personalised education, the production and distribution of digital educational resources have boomed. Video lectures have now become one of the primary modalities to impart knowledge to masses in the current digital age. The rapid creation of video lecture content challenges the currently established human-centred moderation and quality assurance pipeline, demanding for more efficient, scalable and automatic solutions for managing learning resources. Although a few datasets related to engagement with educational videos exist, there is still an important need for data and research aimed at understanding learner engagement with scientific video lectures. This paper introduces VLEngagement, a novel dataset that consists of content-based and video-specific features extracted from publicly available scientific video lectures and several metrics related to user engagement. We introduce several novel tasks related to predicting and understanding context-agnostic engagement in video lectures, providing preliminary baselines. This is the largest and most diverse publicly available dataset to our knowledge that deals with such tasks. The extraction of Wikipedia topic-based features also allows associating more sophisticated Wikipedia based features to the dataset to improve the performance in these tasks. The dataset, helper tools and example code snippets are available publicly at

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Latent Dirichlet Allocation Model Training with Differential Privacy

Oct 09, 2020
Fangyuan Zhao, Xuebin Ren, Shusen Yang, Qing Han, Peng Zhao, Xinyu Yang

Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) is a popular topic modeling technique for hidden semantic discovery of text data and serves as a fundamental tool for text analysis in various applications. However, the LDA model as well as the training process of LDA may expose the text information in the training data, thus bringing significant privacy concerns. To address the privacy issue in LDA, we systematically investigate the privacy protection of the main-stream LDA training algorithm based on Collapsed Gibbs Sampling (CGS) and propose several differentially private LDA algorithms for typical training scenarios. In particular, we present the first theoretical analysis on the inherent differential privacy guarantee of CGS based LDA training and further propose a centralized privacy-preserving algorithm (HDP-LDA) that can prevent data inference from the intermediate statistics in the CGS training. Also, we propose a locally private LDA training algorithm (LP-LDA) on crowdsourced data to provide local differential privacy for individual data contributors. Furthermore, we extend LP-LDA to an online version as OLP-LDA to achieve LDA training on locally private mini-batches in a streaming setting. Extensive analysis and experiment results validate both the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed privacy-preserving LDA training algorithms.

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Discriminative Feature and Dictionary Learning with Part-aware Model for Vehicle Re-identification

Mar 16, 2020
Huibing Wang, Jinjia Peng, Guangqi Jiang, Fengqiang Xu, Xianping Fu

With the development of smart cities, urban surveillance video analysis will play a further significant role in intelligent transportation systems. Identifying the same target vehicle in large datasets from non-overlapping cameras should be highlighted, which has grown into a hot topic in promoting intelligent transportation systems. However, vehicle re-identification (re-ID) technology is a challenging task since vehicles of the same design or manufacturer show similar appearance. To fill these gaps, we tackle this challenge by proposing Triplet Center Loss based Part-aware Model (TCPM) that leverages the discriminative features in part details of vehicles to refine the accuracy of vehicle re-identification. TCPM base on part discovery is that partitions the vehicle from horizontal and vertical directions to strengthen the details of the vehicle and reinforce the internal consistency of the parts. In addition, to eliminate intra-class differences in local regions of the vehicle, we propose external memory modules to emphasize the consistency of each part to learn the discriminating features, which forms a global dictionary over all categories in dataset. In TCPM, triplet-center loss is introduced to ensure each part of vehicle features extracted has intra-class consistency and inter-class separability. Experimental results show that our proposed TCPM has an enormous preference over the existing state-of-the-art methods on benchmark datasets VehicleID and VeRi-776.

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