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StyleBabel: Artistic Style Tagging and Captioning

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We present StyleBabel, a unique open access dataset of natural language captions and free-form tags describing the artistic style of over 135K digital artworks, collected via a novel participatory method from experts studying at specialist art and design schools. StyleBabel was collected via an iterative method, inspired by ‘Grounded Theory’: a qualitative approach that enables annotation while co-evolving a shared language for fine-grained artistic style attribute description. We demonstrate several downstream tasks for StyleBabel, adapting the recent ALADIN architecture for fine-grained style similarity, to train cross-modal embeddings for: 1) free-form tag generation; 2) natural language description of artistic style; 3) fine-grained text search of style. To do so, we extend ALADIN with recent advances in Visual Transformer (ViT) and cross-modal representation learning, achieving a state of the art accuracy in fine-grained style retrieval.

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    The dataset is released for open access (CC-BY 4.0).

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    We redacted a minimal number of adult-themed images due to ethical considerations.

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We would like to thank Thomas Gittings, Tu Bui, Alex Black, and Dipu Manandhar for their time, patience, and hard work, assisting with invigilating and managing the group annotation stages during data collection and annotation.

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Ruta, D. et al. (2022). StyleBabel: Artistic Style Tagging and Captioning. In: Avidan, S., Brostow, G., Cissé, M., Farinella, G.M., Hassner, T. (eds) Computer Vision – ECCV 2022. ECCV 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13668. Springer, Cham.

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