Document Type

Conference Paper


Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Computer Sciences

Publication Details

Proceedings of VISAPP 2021

ISBN: 978-989-758-488-6


Zero-shot learning (ZSL) for human action recognition (HAR) aims to recognise video action classes that have never been seen during model training. This is achieved by building mappings between visual and semantic embeddings. These visual embeddings are typically provided via a pre-trained deep neural network (DNN). The premise of ZSL is that the training and testing classes should be disjoint. In the parallel domain of ZSL for image input, the widespread poor evaluation protocol of pre-training on ZSL test classes has been highlighted. This is akin to providing a sneak preview of the evaluation classes. In this work, we investigate the extent to which this evaluation protocol has been used in ZSL for human action recognition research work. We show that in the field of ZSL for HAR, accuracies for overlapping classes are being boosted by between 5.75% to 51.94% depending on the use of visual and semantic features as a result of this flawed evaluation protocol. To assist other research ers in avoiding this problem in the future, we provide annotated versions of the relevant benchmark ZSL test datasets in the HAR field: UCF101 and HMDB51 datasets - highlighting overlaps to pre-training datasets in the field.



Technological University Dublin