Fernàndez D, Woodward A, Campos V, Jou B, Giró-i-Nieto X, Chang S-F. More cat than cute? Interpretable Prediction of Adjective-Noun Pairs. In ACM Multimedia 2017 Workshop on Multimodal Understanding of Social, Affective and Subjective Attributes. Mountain View, CA (USA): ACM SIGMM; In Press.  (9.62 MB)


The increasing availability of affect-rich multimedia resources has bolstered interest in understanding sentiment and emotions in and from visual content. Adjective-noun pairs (ANP) are a popular mid-level semantic construct for capturing affect via visually detectable concepts such as ``cute dog" or ``beautiful landscape". Current state-of-the-art methods approach ANP prediction by considering each of these compound concepts as individual tokens, ignoring the underlying relationships in ANPs. This work aims at disentangling the contributions of the `adjectives' and `nouns' in the visual prediction of ANPs. Two specialised classifiers, one trained for detecting adjectives and another for nouns, are fused to predict 553 different ANPs. The resulting ANP prediction model is more interpretable as it allows us to study contributions of the adjective and noun components.