BETANAS: Balanced Training and selective drop for Neural Architecture Search

Sep 25, 2019 Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • TL;DR: A novel method to search for neural architectures via weight sharing.
  • Abstract: Automatic neural architecture search techniques are becoming increasingly important in machine learning area recently. Especially, weight sharing methods have shown remarkable potentials on searching good network architectures with few computational resources. However, existing weight sharing methods mainly suffer limitations on searching strategies: these methods either uniformly train all network paths to convergence which introduces conflicts between branches and wastes a large amount of computation on unpromising candidates, or selectively train branches with different frequency which leads to unfair evaluation and comparison among paths. To address these issues, we propose a novel neural architecture search method with balanced training strategy to ensure fair comparisons and a selective drop mechanism to reduces conflicts among candidate paths. The experimental results show that our proposed method can achieve a leading performance of 79.0% on ImageNet under mobile settings, which outperforms other state-of-the-art methods in both accuracy and efficiency.
  • Keywords: neural architecture search, weight sharing, auto machine learning, deep learning, CNN
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