
Constrained Structured Regression with Convolutional Neural Networks

Deepak Pathak and Philipp Kraehenbuehl and Stella X. Yu and Trevor Darrell

arXiv:1511.07497, Online, 23 November 2015

arXiv

Abstract

Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) have recently emerged as the dominant model in computer vision. If provided with enough training data, they predict almost any visual quantity. In a discrete setting, such as classification, CNNs are not only able to predict a label but often predict a confidence in the form of a probability distribution over the output space. In continuous regression tasks, such a probability estimate is often lacking. We present a regression framework which models the output distribution of neural networks. This output distribution allows us to infer the most likely labeling following a set of physical or modeling constraints. These constraints capture the intricate interplay between different input and output variables, and complement the output of a CNN. However, they may not hold everywhere. Our setup further allows to learn a confidence with which a constraint holds, in the form of a distribution of the constrain satisfaction. We evaluate our approach on the problem of intrinsic image decomposition, and show that constrained structured regression significantly increases the stateoftheart.

Keywords

constrained structured regression, intrinsic image decomposition, deep learning, MPI Sintel, MIT intrinsics, intrinsics images in the wild
