Layer-wise linear mode connectivity

Published: 16 Jan 2024, Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024ICLR 2024 posterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
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Keywords: linear mode connectivity, layer-wise, federated averaging
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TL;DR: Investigation of the layer-wise structure of the barriers on the line between two parametrizations of deep models
Abstract: Averaging neural network parameters is an intuitive method for fusing the knowledge of two independent models. It is most prominently used in federated learning. If models are averaged at the end of training, this can only lead to a good performing model if the loss surface of interest is very particular, i.e., the loss in the midpoint between the two models needs to be sufficiently low. This is impossible to guarantee for the non-convex losses of state-of-the-art networks. For averaging models trained on vastly different datasets, it was proposed to average only the parameters of particular layers or combinations of layers, resulting in better performing models. To get a better understanding of the effect of layer-wise averaging, we analyse the performance of the models that result from averaging single layers, or groups of layers. Based on our empirical and theoretical investigation, we introduce a novel notion of the layer-wise linear connectivity, and show that deep networks do not have layer-wise barriers between them.
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Primary Area: unsupervised, self-supervised, semi-supervised, and supervised representation learning
Submission Number: 8060