Transfer Learning with Pre-trained Conditional Generative ModelsDownload PDF

Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 17 Sept 2023Submitted to ICLR 2023Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Deep Learning, Transfer Learning, Deep Generative Models, Semi-supervised Learning
TL;DR: We propose a novel transfer learning method using conditional generative models pre-trained on source dataset for an inductive transfer learning setting where NN architectures are not consistent.
Abstract: Transfer learning is crucial in training deep neural networks on new target tasks. Current transfer learning methods always assume at least one of (i) source and target task label spaces overlap, (ii) source datasets are available, and (iii) target network architectures are consistent with source ones. However, holding these assumptions is difficult in practical settings because the target task rarely has the same labels as the source task, the source dataset access is restricted due to storage costs and privacy, and the target architecture is often specialized to each task. To transfer source knowledge without these assumptions, we propose a transfer learning method that uses deep generative models and is composed of the following two stages: pseudo pre-training (PP) and pseudo semi-supervised learning (P-SSL). PP trains a target architecture with an artificial dataset synthesized by using conditional source generative models. P-SSL applies SSL algorithms to labeled target data and unlabeled pseudo samples, which are generated by cascading the source classifier and generative models to condition them with target samples. Our experimental results indicate that our method can outperform the baselines of scratch training and knowledge distillation.
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