Supervised Hierarchical Cross-Modal Hashing

Changchang Sun, Xuemeng Song, Fuli Feng, Wayne Xin Zhao, Hao Zhang and Liqiang Nie. SIGIR 2019

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SIGIR Cross-Modal Deep Learning

Recently, due to the unprecedented growth of multimedia data, cross-modal hashing has gained increasing attention for the efficient cross-media retrieval. Typically, existing methods on crossmodal hashing treat labels of one instance independently but overlook the correlations among labels. Indeed, in many real-world scenarios, like the online fashion domain, instances (items) are labeled with a set of categories correlated by certain hierarchy. In this paper, we propose a new end-to-end solution for supervised cross-modal hashing, named HiCHNet, which explicitly exploits the hierarchical labels of instances. In particular, by the pre-established label hierarchy, we comprehensively characterize each modality of the instance with a set of layer-wise hash representations. In essence, hash codes are encouraged to not only preserve the layerwise semantic similarities encoded by the label hierarchy, but also retain the hierarchical discriminative capabilities. Due to the lack of benchmark datasets, apart from adapting the existing dataset FashionVC from fashion domain, we create a dataset from the online fashion platform Ssense consisting of 15, 696 image-text pairs labeled by 32 hierarchical categories. Extensive experiments on two real-world datasets demonstrate the superiority of our model over the state-of-the-art methods.