Baby steps towards few-shot learning with multiple semantics

Eli Schwartz, Leonid Karlinsky, Rogerio Feris, Raja Giryes, Alex Bronstein

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Learning from one or few visual examples is one of the key capabilities of humans since early infancy, but is still a significant challenge for modern AI systems. While considerable progress has been achieved in few-shot learning from a few image examples, much less attention has been given to the verbal descriptions that are usually provided to infants when they are presented with a new object. In this paper, we focus on the role of additional semantics that can significantly facilitate few-shot visual learning. Building upon recent advances in few-shot learning with additional semantic information, we demonstrate that further improvements are possible by combining multiple and richer semantics (category labels, attributes, and natural language descriptions). Using these ideas, we offer the community new results on the popular miniImageNet and CUB few-shot benchmarks, comparing favorably to the previous state-of-the-art results for both visual only and visual plus semantics-based approaches. We also performed an ablation study investigating the components and design choices of our approach. Code available on

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
JournalPattern Recognition Letters
StatePublished - Aug 2022


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