Discriminative Sample-Guided and Parameter-Efficient Feature Space Adaptation for Cross-Domain Few-Shot Learning

Rashindrie Perera, Saman Halgamuge
Computer Science, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV)
2024-03-07 00:00:00
In this paper, we look at cross-domain few-shot classification which presents the challenging task of learning new classes in unseen domains with few labelled examples. Existing methods, though somewhat effective, encounter several limitations, which we address in this work through two significant improvements. First, to address overfitting associated with fine-tuning a large number of parameters on small datasets, we introduce a lightweight parameter-efficient adaptation strategy. This strategy employs a linear transformation of pre-trained features, significantly reducing the trainable parameter count. Second, we replace the traditional nearest centroid classifier with a variance-aware loss function, enhancing the model's sensitivity to the inter- and intra-class variances within the training set for improved clustering in feature space. Empirical evaluations on the Meta-Dataset benchmark showcase that our approach not only improves accuracy up to 7.7% and 5.3% on seen and unseen datasets respectively but also achieves this performance while being at least ~3x more parameter-efficient than existing methods, establishing a new state-of-the-art in cross-domain few-shot learning. Our code can be found at
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