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Learning Less Generalizable Patterns for Better Test-Time Adaptation

Corentin Abgrall
Gilles Hénaff
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Liming Chen


Deep neural networks often fail to generalize outside of their training distribution, particularly when only a single data domain is available during training. While test-time adaptation has yielded encouraging results in this setting, we argue that to reach further improvements, these approaches should be combined with training procedure modifications aiming to learn a more diverse set of patterns. Indeed, test-time adaptation methods usually have to rely on a limited representation because of the shortcut learning phenomenon: only a subset of the available predictive patterns is learned with standard training. In this paper, we first show that the combined use of existing training-time strategies and test-time batch normalization, a simple adaptation method, does not always improve upon the test-time adaptation alone on the PACS benchmark. Furthermore, experiments on Office-Home show that very few training-time methods improve upon standard training, with or without test-time batch normalization. Therefore, we propose a novel approach that mitigates the shortcut learning behavior by having an additional classification branch learn less predictive and generalizable patterns. Our experiments show that our method improves upon the state-of-the-art results on both benchmarks and benefits the most to test-time batch normalization.
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hal-03813534 , version 1 (14-10-2022)
hal-03813534 , version 2 (31-01-2023)
hal-03813534 , version 3 (23-02-2023)





Thomas Duboudin, Emmanuel Dellandréa, Corentin Abgrall, Gilles Hénaff, Liming Chen. Learning Less Generalizable Patterns for Better Test-Time Adaptation. 18th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (VISIGRAPP 2023), INSTICC, Feb 2023, Lisbonne, Portugal. ⟨hal-03813534v3⟩
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