A Community Detection Approach to Cleaning Extremely Large Face Database

Comput Intell Neurosci. 2018 Apr 22:2018:4512473. doi: 10.1155/2018/4512473. eCollection 2018.


Though it has been easier to build large face datasets by collecting images from the Internet in this Big Data era, the time-consuming manual annotation process prevents researchers from constructing larger ones, which makes the automatic cleaning of noisy labels highly desirable. However, identifying mislabeled faces by machine is quite challenging because the diversity of a person's face images that are captured wildly at all ages is extraordinarily rich. In view of this, we propose a graph-based cleaning method that mainly employs the community detection algorithm and deep CNN models to delete mislabeled images. As the diversity of faces is preserved in multiple large communities, our cleaning results have both high cleanness and rich data diversity. With our method, we clean the extremely large MS-Celeb-1M face dataset (approximately 10 million images with noisy labels) and obtain a clean version of it called C-MS-Celeb (6,464,018 images of 94,682 celebrities). By training a single-net model using our C-MS-Celeb dataset, without fine-tuning, we achieve 99.67% at Equal Error Rate on the LFW face recognition benchmark, which is comparable to other state-of-the-art results. This demonstrates the data cleaning positive effects on the model training. To the best of our knowledge, our C-MS-Celeb is the largest clean face dataset that is publicly available so far, which will benefit face recognition researchers.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Algorithms*
  • Databases as Topic*
  • Face*
  • Famous Persons
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • ROC Curve