Feedback Control for Online Training of Neural Networks [article]

Zilong Zhao, Sophie Cerf, Bogdan Robu, Nicolas Marchand
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are commonly used for image classification tasks, raising the challenge of their application on data flows. During their training, adaptation is often performed by tuning the learning rate. Usual learning rate strategies are time-based i.e. monotonously decreasing. In this paper, we advocate switching to a performance-based adaptation, in order to improve the learning efficiency. We present E (Exponential)/PD (Proportional Derivative)-Control, a conditional
more » ... earning rate strategy that combines a feedback PD controller based on the CNN loss function, with an exponential control signal to smartly boost the learning and adapt the PD parameters. Stability proof is provided as well as an experimental evaluation using two state of the art image datasets (CIFAR-10 and Fashion-MNIST). Results show better performances than the related works (faster network accuracy growth reaching higher levels) and robustness of the E/PD-Control regarding its parametrization.
arXiv:1911.07710v1 fatcat:owwebgniuzcnhjtmkb767h3naq