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Extending the WILDS Benchmark for Unsupervised Adaptation

Shiori Sagawa · Pang Wei Koh · Tony Lee · Irena Gao · Sang Michael Xie · Kendrick Shen · Ananya Kumar · Weihua Hu · Michihiro Yasunaga · Henrik Marklund · Sara Beery · Etienne David · Ian Stavness · Wei Guo · Jure Leskovec · Kate Saenko · Tatsunori Hashimoto · Sergey Levine · Chelsea Finn · Percy Liang


Keywords: [ unlabeled data ] [ adaptation ]


Machine learning systems deployed in the wild are often trained on a source distribution but deployed on a different target distribution. Unlabeled data can be a powerful point of leverage for mitigating these distribution shifts, as it is frequently much more available than labeled data and can often be obtained from distributions beyond the source distribution as well. However, existing distribution shift benchmarks with unlabeled data do not reflect the breadth of scenarios that arise in real-world applications. In this work, we present the WILDS 2.0 update, which extends 8 of the 10 datasets in the WILDS benchmark of distribution shifts to include curated unlabeled data that would be realistically obtainable in deployment. These datasets span a wide range of applications (from histology to wildlife conservation), tasks (classification, regression, and detection), and modalities (photos, satellite images, microscope slides, text, molecular graphs). The update maintains consistency with the original WILDS benchmark by using identical labeled training, validation, and test sets, as well as identical evaluation metrics. We systematically benchmark state-of-the-art methods that use unlabeled data, including domain-invariant, self-training, and self-supervised methods, and show that their success on WILDS is limited. To facilitate method development, we provide an open-source package that automates data loading and contains the model architectures and methods used in this paper. Code and leaderboards are available at

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