PHASE 2 | Facebook AI Image Similarity Challenge: Descriptor Track
Advance the science of image similarity detection, with applications in areas including content tracing, copyright infringement and misinformation. In the "Descriptor Track" participants generate image descriptors that enable the problem to be solved at scale. Competition hosted by Facebook. #society
Advance the science of image similarity detection, with applications in areas including content tracing, copyright infringement and misinformation. In the "Descriptor Track" participants generate image descriptors that enable the problem to be solved at scale.
The methods developed by the contestants are of high quality and set a new standard in research and for the industry in the field of image copy detection.
— Matthijs Douze, Facebook AI Research Scientist and Image Similarity Challenge author
Copy detection is a crucial component on all social media platforms today, used for such tasks as flagging misinformation and manipulative advertising, preventing uploads of graphic violence, and enforcing copyright protections. But when dealing with the billions of new images generated every day on sites like Facebook, manual content moderation just doesn't scale. We need algorithms to help automatically flag or remove bad content.
This competition allowed participants to test their skills in building a key part of that content moderating system, and in so doing contribute to making social media more trustworthy and safe for the people who use it. For more information, check out the competition paper from Facebook AI.
In this challenge, participants had access to 3 archives of competition images.
- 1 million reference images
- 50K query images, a subset of which were derived from the reference images
- 1 million training images, statistically similar to but distinct from the reference archive
The core task in the Matching Track was to determine for each query image whether it originated from one of the reference images and assign a confidence score indicating its similarity to the candidate reference image. The end goal was similar for the Descriptor Track, but in this case participants submitted the image embeddings for all query and reference images, with a similarity search and submission score computed automatically on the competition platform.
Between June and October 2021, 1,236 participants from 80 countries signed up to solve the problems posed by the two tracks. One goal of the competition sponsors at Facebook AI was to create an opportunity for participants to explore self-supervised learning (SSL) techniques, which turned out to be a key component across all of the winning solutions. Ultimately, the winning solutions vastly outperformed the competition baseline methods, achieving micro average precision scores of 0.8329 and 0.6354 on the Matching and Descriptor tracks, respectively.
PHASE 2 | Facebook AI Image Similarity Challenge: Descriptor Track: Rules and Terms of Data Use
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- Does not include or anticipate the inclusion of any unsuitable or offensive content, including nudity, sexually explicit, disparaging, libelous or other inappropriate content.
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- Is suitable for a general audience and for presentation in a public forum.
- Does not contain any claims that are not and cannot be substantiated or that would be false and/or misleading to a reasonable consumer.
- Must be entirely in English.
Selection of winners
This Competition is a challenge of skill and the final results are determined by evaluating a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors, as more fully described on the Competition Website. The Competition results will be determined by leaderboard ranking, subject to verification by the Competition Entities, on the Phase II leaderboard based on an objective statistical evaluation metric published on the Competition Website, and compliance with these Competition Rules and any directions or requirements set forth on the Competition Website. Phase I leaderboard standings do not impact Competition outcome or the award of any Prizes. Participants' scores and ranks on the Competition Website at any given stage of the Competition will be based on the objective statistical evaluation metric described on the Competition Website, as determined by applying the predictions in the Submission to the ground truth of a validation dataset whose instances were a fixed set sampled from the Data. As more fully described on the Competition Website, the Competition will have quantitative winner(s) in each Track. Phase II leaderboard rankings posted on the Competition Website are not dispositive and all scores and winner determinations are subject to verification by Competition Entities.
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A tie between two or more valid and identically ranked submissions submitted during Phase II will be resolved in favor of the tied submission that was submitted first.
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Prizes and conditions
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Data use and code sharing
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- does not contain confidential information or trade secrets and is not the subject of a registered patent or pending patent application;
- does not violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;
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- was not previously published and has not won any other prize/award.
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Limitations of liability
By participating in the Competition, each Participant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Competition, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Competition, but in no event attorney's fees; and (3) under no circumstances will a Participant be permitted to obtain any award for, and each Participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.
DrivenData, Inc., Competition Sponsor, and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotional and legal advisors thereof (collectively, the “Released Parties”) are not responsible and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware, or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; (iii) errors in transmission; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Released Parties that may cause the Competition to be disrupted or corrupted; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by a prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or from participation in the Competition (however (but only if required by law in your jurisdiction), this release and hold harmless commitment does not apply to cases of bodily injury or loss of life to the extent that any death or personal injury is caused by the negligence of Competition Entities or other third parties, where liability to the injured party cannot be excluded by law); or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Competition.
Disclaimer of Warranties
You understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that the Data or other files available for downloading from the internet or the Competition Website will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our site for any reconstruction of any lost data. RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY A DISTRIBUTED DENIAL-OF-SERVICE ATTACK, VIRUSES OR OTHER TECHNOLOGICALLY HARMFUL MATERIAL THAT MAY INFECT YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA OR OTHER PROPRIETARY MATERIAL DUE TO YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR TO YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON IT, OR ON ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO IT.
YOUR USE OF THE COMPETITION WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BEYOND ANY NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES (DEFINED BELOW). NEITHER THE RELEASED PARTIES NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH RELEASED PARTIES MAKES ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE COMPETITION WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER RELEASED PARTIES NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RELEASED PARTIES REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE COMPETITION WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT OUR SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE COMPETITION WEBSITE OR ANY SERVICES OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.
NOTHING IN THESE COMPETITION RULES LIMITS, EXCLUDES, OR MODIFIES OR PURPORTS TO LIMIT, EXCLUDE, OR MODIFY ANY STATUTORY CONSUMER GUARANTEE OR ANY IMPLIED CONDITION OR WARRANTY, THE EXCLUSION OF WHICH FROM THESE COMPETITION RULES WOULD CONTRAVENE ANY STATUTE OR CAUSE ANY PART OF THESE TERMS TO BE VOID (“NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES”). SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS IN THE PRECEDING SENTENCE AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY ANY MANDATORY PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE LAW, THE RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
Competition Entities shall be the sole interpreters of these Competition Rules.
All matters relating to the Competition Rules or the Competition and any dispute or claim arising therefrom or related thereto (in each case, including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction).
Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of, or related to, the Competition or the Competition Website shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the State of California although we retain the right to bring any suit, action or proceeding against you for breach of these Competition Rules in your country of residence or any other relevant country. You waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over you by such courts and to venue in such courts.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Competition Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Competition Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein.
TERMS/WHO WON?: To obtain a copy of these Competition Rules during the Competition Period, visit https://www.drivendata.org/competitions/79/competition-image-similarity-1-dev/rules/. To see who won after the Competition Period, visit the Competition Website or send an email with the subject line “Image Similarity Challenge – Who Won?” to email@example.com. Requests for winner information must be received no later than three (3) months after the end of the Competition Period.