ActivityNet-QA: A Dataset for Understanding Complex Web Videos via Question Answering


  • Zhou Yu Hangzhou Dianzi University
  • Dejing Xu Zhejiang University
  • Jun Yu Hangzhou Dianzi University
  • Ting Yu Hangzhou Dianzi University
  • Zhou Zhao Zhejiang University
  • Yueting Zhuang Zhejiang University
  • Dacheng Tao University of Sydney



Recent developments in modeling language and vision have been successfully applied to image question answering. It is both crucial and natural to extend this research direction to the video domain for video question answering (VideoQA). Compared to the image domain where large scale and fully annotated benchmark datasets exists, VideoQA datasets are limited to small scale and are automatically generated, etc. These limitations restrict their applicability in practice. Here we introduce ActivityNet-QA, a fully annotated and large scale VideoQA dataset. The dataset consists of 58,000 QA pairs on 5,800 complex web videos derived from the popular ActivityNet dataset. We present a statistical analysis of our ActivityNet-QA dataset and conduct extensive experiments on it by comparing existing VideoQA baselines. Moreover, we explore various video representation strategies to improve VideoQA performance, especially for long videos.




How to Cite

Yu, Z., Xu, D., Yu, J., Yu, T., Zhao, Z., Zhuang, Y., & Tao, D. (2019). ActivityNet-QA: A Dataset for Understanding Complex Web Videos via Question Answering. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 33(01), 9127-9134.



AAAI Technical Track: Vision