Is transfer learning allowed?

#1

Hello,
Are we allowed to pre-train on another dataset, like ImageNet, or should the model only use the provided datasets?

Thank you!

#2

Hi, thanks for your interest in the competition. It should be noted that all the submitted models will be trained from scratch on the test datasets for evaluations. Thus pre-training on other datasets will not help in this regard.

#3

Well, does it mean it is not forbidden either?

#4

Hi @rauf_kurbanov @isak_westerlund, sorry for the late response as I had to discuss this with our team. We are allowing transfer learning in terms of pre-trainings. It means that you can use any data to pre-train your models and use those pre-trained weights to initialize your submitted models. I will also put it in a separate post so that more people can see that. Thanks for your questions!

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