Efficient Decoupled Neural Architecture Search by Structure and Operation Sampling [article]

Heung-Chang Lee, Do-Guk Kim, Bohyung Han
2019 arXiv   pre-print
We propose a novel neural architecture search algorithm via reinforcement learning by decoupling structure and operation search processes. Our approach samples candidate models from the multinomial distribution on the policy vectors defined on the two search spaces independently. The proposed technique improves the efficiency of architecture search process significantly compared to the conventional methods based on reinforcement learning with the RNN controllers while achieving competitive
more » ... acy and model size in target tasks. Our policy vectors are easily interpretable throughout the training procedure, which allows to analyze the search progress and the discovered architectures; the black-box characteristics of the RNN controllers hamper understanding training progress in terms of policy parameter updates. Our experiments demonstrate outstanding performance compared to the state-of-the-art methods with a fraction of search cost.
arXiv:1910.10397v1 fatcat:yxp5mezxjncltnt4dlll7fhcnm