Embracing the artificial

Which of these two images looks best? Which would best train a neural network to segment humans from the background?

One would think Style A would be better. It looks more like a natural image, and therefore should be the better choice.

And yet…

It is actually Style B which works best for training a segmentation network. A technique know as Domain Randomization shows that creating images which look surreal to a human turn out to be better for training a network. …

Adam Schuster

Computer vision engineer with a focus on synthetic datasets for neural networks.

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