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CHMATCH: Contrastive Hierarchical Matching and Robust Adaptive Threshold Boosted Semi-Supervised Learning

Jianlong Wu · Haozhe Yang · Tian Gan · Ning Ding · Feijun Jiang · Liqiang Nie

West Building Exhibit Halls ABC 325


The recently proposed FixMatch and FlexMatch have achieved remarkable results in the field of semi-supervised learning. But these two methods go to two extremes as FixMatch and FlexMatch use a pre-defined constant threshold for all classes and an adaptive threshold for each category, respectively. By only investigating consistency regularization, they also suffer from unstable results and indiscriminative feature representation, especially under the situation of few labeled samples. In this paper, we propose a novel CHMatch method, which can learn robust adaptive thresholds for instance-level prediction matching as well as discriminative features by contrastive hierarchical matching. We first present a memory-bank based robust threshold learning strategy to select highly-confident samples. In the meantime, we make full use of the structured information in the hierarchical labels to learn an accurate affinity graph for contrastive learning. CHMatch achieves very stable and superior results on several commonly-used benchmarks. For example, CHMatch achieves 8.44% and 9.02% error rate reduction over FlexMatch on CIFAR-100 under WRN-28-2 with only 4 and 25 labeled samples per class, respectively.

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