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Space-Time Correspondence as a Contrastive Random Walk

This is the repository for Space-Time Correspondence as a Contrastive Random Walk, published at NeurIPS 2020.

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    Author = {Allan Jabri and Andrew Owens and Alexei A. Efros},
    Title = {Space-Time Correspondence as a Contrastive Random Walk},
    Booktitle = {Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems},
    Year = {2020},

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  • pytorch (>1.3)
  • torchvision (0.6.0)
  • cv2
  • matplotlib
  • skimage
  • imageio

For visualization (--visualize):

  • wandb
  • visdom
  • sklearn


An example training command is:

python -W ignore --data-path /path/to/kinetics/ \
--frame-aug grid --dropout 0.1 --clip-len 4 --temp 0.05 \
--model-type scratch --workers 16 --batch-size 20  \
--cache-dataset --data-parallel --visualize --lr 0.0001

This yields a model with performance on DAVIS as follows (see below for evaluation instructions), provided as pretrained.pth:

 J&F-Mean    J-Mean  J-Recall  J-Decay    F-Mean  F-Recall   F-Decay
  0.67606  0.645902  0.758043   0.2031  0.706219   0.83221  0.246789

Arguments of interest:

  • --dropout: The rate of edge dropout (default 0.1).
  • --clip-len: Length of video sequence.
  • --temp: Softmax temperature.
  • --model-type: Type of encoder. Use scratch or scratch_zeropad if training from scratch. Use imagenet18 to load an Imagenet-pretrained network. Use scratch with --resume if reloading a checkpoint.
  • --batch-size: I've managed to train models with batch sizes between 6 and 24. If you have can afford a larger batch size, consider increasing the --lr from 0.0001 to 0.0003.
  • --frame-aug: grid samples a grid of patches to get nodes; none will just use a single image and use embeddings in the feature map as nodes.
  • --visualize: Log diagonistics to wandb and data visualizations to visdom.


We use the official torchvision.datasets.Kinetics400 class for training. You can find directions for downloading Kinetics here. In particular, the code expects the path given for kinetics to contain a train_256 subdirectory.

You can also provide --data-path with a file with a list of directories of images, or a path to a directory of directory of images. In this case, clips are randomly subsampled from the directory.


By default, the training script will log diagnostics to wandb and data visualizations to visdom.

Pretrained Model

You can find the model resulting from the training command above at pretrained.pth. We are still training updated ablation models and will post them when ready.

Evaluation: Label Propagation

The label propagation algorithm is described in The output of (predicted label maps) must be post-processed for evaluation.


To evaluate a trained model on the DAVIS task, clone the davis2017-evaluation repository, and prepare the data by downloading the 2017 dataset and modifying the paths provided in eval/davis_vallist.txt. Then, run:

Label Propagation:

python --filelist /path/to/davis/vallist.txt \
--model-type scratch --resume ../pretrained.pth --save-path /save/path \
--topk 10 --videoLen 20 --radius 12  --temperature 0.05  --cropSize -1

Though expects a model file created with, it can easily be modified to be used with other networks. Note that we simply use the same temperature used at training time.

You can also run the ImageNet baseline with the command below.

python --filelist /path/to/davis/vallist.txt \
--model-type imagenet18 --save-path /save/path \
--topk 10 --videoLen 20 --radius 12  --temperature 0.05  --cropSize -1


# Convert
python eval/ --in_folder /save/path/ --out_folder /converted/path --dataset /davis/path/

# Compute metrics
python /path/to/davis2017-evaluation/ \
--task semi-supervised   --results_path /converted/path --set val \
--davis_path /path/to/davis/

You can generate the above commands with the script below, where removing --dryrun will actually run them in sequence.

python eval/ --model-path /path/to/model --L 20 --K 10  --T 0.05 --cropSize -1 --dryrun

Test-time Adaptation

To do.


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