VLG: General Video Recognition with Web Textual Knowledge


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Video recognition in an open and dynamic world is quite challenging, as we need to handle different settings such as close-set, long-tail, few-shot and open-set. By leveraging semantic knowledge from noisy text descriptions crawled from the Internet, we focus on the general video recognition (GVR) problem of solving different recognition tasks within a unified framework. The core contribution of this paper is twofold. First, we build a comprehensive video recognition benchmark of Kinetics-GVR, including four sub-task datasets to cover the mentioned settings. To facilitate the research of GVR, we propose to utilize external textual knowledge from the Internet and provide multi-source text descriptions for all action classes. Second, inspired by the flexibility of language representation, we present a unified visual-linguistic framework (VLG) to solve the problem of GVR by an effective two-stage training paradigm. Our VLG is first pre-trained on video and language datasets to learn a shared feature space, and then devises a flexible bi-modal attention head to collaborate high-level semantic concepts under different settings. Extensive results show that our VLG obtains the state-of-the-art performance under four settings. The superior performance demonstrates the effectiveness and generalization ability of our proposed framework. We hope our work makes a step towards the general video recognition and could serve as a baseline for future research. The code and models will be available at https://github.com/MCG-NJU/VLG.
general video recognition,textual,knowledge,web
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