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SoftMatch: Addressing the Quantity-Quality Tradeoff in Semi-supervised Learning

Hao Chen · Ran Tao · Yue Fan · Yidong Wang · Jindong Wang · Bernt Schiele · Xing Xie · Bhiksha Raj · Marios Savvides

MH1-2-3-4 #63

Keywords: [ semi-supervised classification ] [ semi-supervised learning ] [ Deep Learning and representational learning ]


The critical challenge of Semi-Supervised Learning (SSL) is how to effectively leverage the limited labeled data and massive unlabeled data to improve the model's generalization performance. In this paper, we first revisit the popular pseudo-labeling methods via a unified sample weighting formulation and demonstrate the inherent quantity-quality trade-off problem of pseudo-labeling with thresholding, which may prohibit learning. To this end, we propose SoftMatch to overcome the trade-off by maintaining both high quantity and high quality of pseudo-labels during training, effectively exploiting the unlabeled data. We derive a truncated Gaussian function to weight samples based on their confidence, which can be viewed as a soft version of the confidence threshold. We further enhance the utilization of weakly-learned classes by proposing a uniform alignment approach. In experiments, SoftMatch shows substantial improvements across a wide variety of benchmarks, including image, text, and imbalanced classification.

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