Conference Papers  |    |  January 30, 2020

Towards fairer datasets: filtering and balancing the distribution of the people subtree in the ImageNet hierarchy

Conference paper by Kaiyu Yang, Klint Qinami, Li Fei-Fei, Jia Deng and Olga Russakovsky.
Presented at the 2020 Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency.


Computer vision technology is being used by many but remains representative of only a few. People have reported misbehavior of computer vision models, including offensive prediction results and lower performance for underrepresented groups. Current computer vision models are typically developed using datasets consisting of manually annotated images or videos; the data and label distributions in these datasets are critical to the models’ behavior. In this paper, we examine ImageNet, a large-scale ontology of images that has spurred the development of many modern computer vision methods. We consider three key factors within the person subtree of ImageNet that may lead to problematic behavior in downstream computer vision technology: (1) the stagnant concept vocabulary of WordNet, (2) the attempt at exhaustive illustration of all categories with images, and (3) the inequality of representation in the images within concepts. We seek to illuminate the root causes of these concerns and take the first steps to mitigate them constructively.