Are we asking the right questions in MovieQA?

Joint vision and language tasks like visual question answering are fascinating because they explore high-level understanding, but at the same time, can be more prone to language biases. In this paper, we explore the biases in the MovieQA dataset and propose a strikingly simple model which can exploit them. We find that using the right word embedding is of utmost importance. By using an appropriately-trained word embedding, about half the Question-Answers (QAs) can be answered by looking at the questions and answers alone, completely ignoring narrative context from video clips, subtitles, and movie scripts. Compared to the best published papers on the leaderboard, our simple question + answer only model improves accuracy by 5% for video + subtitle category, 5% for subtitle, 15% for DVS and 6% higher for scripts.


Bhavan Jasani

Rohit Girdhar

Deva Ramanan


B. Jasani, R. Girdhar and D. Ramanan
Are we asking the right questions in MovieQA?
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019 Workshop
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