Improving neural networks by preventing co-adaption of feature detectors

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Presented by

Kyle Jung, Dae Hyun Kim, Seokho Lim, Stan Lee

Introduction to Dropout + Dataset






Models for CIFAR-10:

They implemented two different models for CIFAR-10, one with dropout and the other without. The one with dropout enables us to use more parameters because dropout forces a strong regularization on the network, and a fourth weight layer is added to take the input from the previous pooling layer. We add a fourth weight layer that is locally connected but not convolutional and this layer contains 16 banks of filters of size 3 × 3 (50% dropout). And then, the softmax layer takes its input from this fourth weight layer.

The one without dropout is a CNN with three convolutional layers each with a pooling layer. The max-pooling is performed by the pooling layer which follows the first convolutional layer, and the average-pooling is performed by remaining pooling layers. The first and second pooling layers with N = 9, α = 0.001, and β = 0.75 are followed by response normalization layers.

A ten-unit softmax layer, which is used to output a probability distribution over class labels, is connected with the upper-most pooling layer. Using filter size of 5×5, all convolutional layers have 64 filter banks.


ImageNet is a dataset of millions of high-resolution labeled images in thousands of categories, and because of that, it is really challenging to achieve a decent score in terms of the accuracy.

Currently, the best score on this dataset is 45.7% by High-dimensional signature compression for large-scale image classification (J. Sanchez, F. Perronnin, CVPR11 (2011)). The authors of this paper could achieve a comparable performance of 48.6% error using a single neural network with five convolutional hidden layers with a max-pooling layer in between, followed by two globally connected layers and a final 1000-way softmax layer. Also, 42.4% could be achieved by using 50% dropout in the 6th hidden layer. c1 - mp - c2 - mp- c3 - mp - c4 - mp - c5 - mp - G1 - G2 - softmax (critique) They found out that making a large number of decisions was important for the architecture of the net design for the speech recognition (TIMIT) and object recognition datasets ( CIFAR-10 and ImageNet).

A separate validation set which evaluated the performance of a large number of different architectures was used to make those decisions, and then they chose the best performance architecture with dropout on the validation set so that they could apply it to the real test set.

A dataset of millions of labeled images in thousands of categories which were collected from the web and labelled by human labellers using MTerk tool (Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowd-sourcing tool). ImageNet and CIFAR-10 are very similar, but the scale of ImageNet is about 20 times bigger (1.3M vs 60k). The size of ImageNet is about 1.3 million training images, 50000 validation images, and 150000 testing images.

Very difficult to have perfect accuracy on this dataset even for humans because the ImageNet images contain multiple instances of ImageNet objects and there are a large number of object classes. They used resized images of 256 x 256 pixels for their experiments.

H Models for ImageNet:

Our model for ImageNet with dropout (the one without dropout had a similar approach, but there was a serious issue with overfitting): They used a convolutional neural network trained by 224×224 patches randomly extracted from the 256 × 256 images. It can reduce the network’s capacity to overfit the training data and helps generalization as a form of data augmentation.