Adaptive Logit Adjustment Loss for Long-Tailed Visual Recognition


  • Yan Zhao Tsinghua University
  • Weicong Chen Bytedance Inc.
  • Xu Tan Microsoft Research Asia
  • Kai Huang ByteDance
  • Jihong Zhu Tsinghua University



Computer Vision (CV)


Data in the real world tends to exhibit a long-tailed label distribution, which poses great challenges for the training of neural networks in visual recognition. Existing methods tackle this problem mainly from the perspective of data quantity, i.e., the number of samples in each class. To be specific, they pay more attention to tail classes, like applying larger adjustments to the logit. However, in the training process, the quantity and difficulty of data are two intertwined and equally crucial problems. For some tail classes, the features of their instances are distinct and discriminative, which can also bring satisfactory accuracy; for some head classes, although with sufficient samples, the high semantic similarity with other classes and lack of discriminative features will bring bad accuracy. Based on these observations, we propose Adaptive Logit Adjustment Loss (ALA Loss) to apply an adaptive adjusting term to the logit. The adaptive adjusting term is composed of two complementary factors: 1) quantity factor, which pays more attention to tail classes, and 2) difficulty factor, which adaptively pays more attention to hard instances in the training process. The difficulty factor can alleviate the over-optimization on tail yet easy instances and under-optimization on head yet hard instances. The synergy of the two factors can not only advance the performance on tail classes even further, but also promote the accuracy on head classes. Unlike previous logit adjusting methods that only concerned about data quantity, ALA Loss tackles the long-tailed problem from a more comprehensive, fine-grained and adaptive perspective. Extensive experimental results show that our method achieves the state-of-the-art performance on challenging recognition benchmarks, including ImageNet-LT, iNaturalist 2018, and Places-LT.




How to Cite

Zhao, Y., Chen, W., Tan, X., Huang, K., & Zhu, J. (2022). Adaptive Logit Adjustment Loss for Long-Tailed Visual Recognition. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 36(3), 3472-3480.



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision III