Large-scale Pretraining for Visual Dialog: A Simple State-of-the-Art Baseline

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)


Prior work in visual dialog has focused on training deep neural models on VisDial in isolation. Instead, we present an approach to leverage pretraining on related vision-language datasets before transferring to visual dialog. We adapt the recently proposed ViLBERT model for multi-turn visually-grounded conversations. Our model is pretrained on the Conceptual Captions and Visual Question Answering datasets, and finetuned on VisDial. Our best single model outperforms prior published work by > 1% absolute on NDCG and MRR.

Next, we find that additional finetuning using “dense” annotations in VisDial leads to even higher NDCG – more than 10% over our base model – but hurts MRR – more than 17% below our base model! This highlights a trade-off between the two primary metrics – NDCG and MRR – which we find is due to dense annotations not correlating well with the original ground-truth answers to questions.

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