Deep Convolutional Networks as shallow Gaussian ProcessesDownload PDF

Sep 27, 2018 (edited Dec 29, 2018)ICLR 2019 Conference Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Abstract: We show that the output of a (residual) CNN with an appropriate prior over the weights and biases is a GP in the limit of infinitely many convolutional filters, extending similar results for dense networks. For a CNN, the equivalent kernel can be computed exactly and, unlike "deep kernels", has very few parameters: only the hyperparameters of the original CNN. Further, we show that this kernel has two properties that allow it to be computed efficiently; the cost of evaluating the kernel for a pair of images is similar to a single forward pass through the original CNN with only one filter per layer. The kernel equivalent to a 32-layer ResNet obtains 0.84% classification error on MNIST, a new record for GP with a comparable number of parameters.
  • Keywords: Gaussian process, CNN, ResNet, Bayesian
  • TL;DR: We show that CNNs and ResNets with appropriate priors on the parameters are Gaussian processes in the limit of infinitely many convolutional filters.
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