Person Re-Identification with Improved Performance by Incorporating Focal Tversky Loss in AGW Baseline

Shao Kang Huang, Chen Chien Hsu*, Wei Yen Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Person re-identification (re-ID) is one of the essential tasks for modern visual intelligent systems to identify a person from images or videos captured at different times, viewpoints, and spatial positions. In fact, it is easy to make an incorrect estimate for person re-ID in the presence of illumination change, low resolution, and pose differences. To provide a robust and accurate prediction, machine learning techniques are extensively used nowadays. However, learning-based approaches often face difficulties in data imbalance and distinguishing a person from others having strong appearance similarity. To improve the overall re-ID performance, false positives and false negatives should be part of the integral factors in the design of the loss function. In this work, we refine the well-known AGW baseline by incorporating a focal Tversky loss to address the data imbalance issue and facilitate the model to learn effectively from the hard examples. Experimental results show that the proposed re-ID method reaches rank-1 accuracy of 96.2% (with mAP: 94.5) and rank-1 accuracy of 93% (with mAP: 91.4) on Market1501 and DukeMTMC datasets, respectively, outperforming the state-of-the-art approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9852
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec


  • AGW baseline
  • focal Tversky loss
  • multiple object detection
  • person re-identification
  • person recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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