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In the last three years, due to the advances of deep learning and more concretely convolutional networks. [an introduction of CNN] , the quality of image recognition has increased dramatically. The error rates for ILSVRC competition dropped significantly year by year.[LSVRC] This paper<ref name=gl> Szegedy, Christian, et al. "Going deeper with convolutions." arXiv preprint arXiv:1409.4842 (2014). </ref> proposed a new deep convolutional neural network architecture codenamed Inception. With the inception module and carefully crafted design researchers build a 22 layers deep network called Google Lenet, which uses 12X fewer parameters while being significantly more accurate than the winners of ILSVRC 2012.<ref name=im> Krizhevsky, Alex, Ilya Sutskever, and Geoffrey E. Hinton. "Imagenet classification with deep convolutional neural networks."

Advances in neural information processing systems. 2012.


Related work

In 2013 Lin et al.<ref name=nin> Min Lin, Qiang Chen and Shuicheng Yan. Network in Network </ref> pointed out that the convolution filter in CNN is a generalized linear model (GLM) for the underlying data patch and the level of abstraction is low with GLM. They suggested replacing GLM with a ”micro network” structure which is a general nonlinear function approximator.

Fig 1. Comparison of linear convolution layer and mlpconv layer

Also in this paper<ref name=nin></ref> Lin et al. proposed a new output layer to improve the performance. In tradition the feature maps of the last convolutional layers are vectorized and fed into a fully connected layers followed by a softmax logistic regression layer<ref name=im></ref>. Lin et al. argued that this structure is prone to overfitting, thus hampering the generalization ability of the overall network. To improve this they proposed another strategy called global average pooling. The idea is to generate one feature map for each corresponding category of the classification task in the last mlpconv layer, take the average of each feature map, and the resulting vector is fed directly into the softmax layer. Lin et al. claim that their strategy has following advantages over fully connected layers. First, it is more native to the convolution structure by enforcing correspondences between feature maps and categories. Thus the feature maps can be easily interpreted as categories confidence maps. Second, there is no parameter to optimize in the global average pooling thus overfitting is avoided at this layer. Furthermore, global average pooling sums out the spatial information, thus it is more robust to spatial translations of the input.

Inception module

In "Going deeper with convolutions", Szegedy, Christian, et al. argued convolutional filters with different sizes can cover different clusters of information. For convenience of computation, they choose to use 1 x 1, 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 filters. Additionally, since pooling operations have been essential for the success in other state of the art convolutional networks, they also add pooling layers in their module. Together these made up the naive Inception module.

Fig 2. Inception module, naive version

Inspired by "Network in Network", Szegedy, Christian, et al. choose to use a 1 × 1 convolutional layer as the"micro network" suggested by Lin et al. The 1 x 1 convolutions also function as dimension reduction modules to remove computational bottlenecks. In practice, before doing the expensive 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 convolutions, they used 1 x 1 convolutions to reduce the number of input feature maps.

Fig 3. Inception module with dimension reduction

Google Lenet

The structure of Google Lenet can be seen from this figure. Fig 4. Google Lenet

“#3 x 3 reduce” and “#5 x 5 reduce” stands for the number of 1 x 1 filters in the reduction layer used before the 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 convolutions.

In order to encourage discrimination in the lower stages in the classifier and increase the gradient signal that gets propagated back, the authors add auxiliary classifiers connected to the out put of (4a) and (4d). During training, their loss gets added to the total loss of the network with a discount weight (the losses of the auxiliary classifiers were weighted by 0.3). At inference time, these auxiliary networks are discarded.

The networks were trained using the DistBelief<ref> Dean, Jeffrey, et al. "Large scale distributed deep networks." Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems. 2012. </ref> distributed machine learning system using modest amount of model and data-parallelism.

ILSVRC 2014 Classification Challenge Results

The ILSVRC 2014 classification challenge involves the task of classifying the image into one of 1000 leaf-node categories in the Imagenet hierarchy ILSVRC.

Szegedy, Christian, et al. independently trained 7 versions of the same GoogLeNet model (they only differ in sampling methodologies and the random order in which they see input images), and performed ensemble prediction with them.

Team Year Place Error (top-5) Uses external data
SuperVision 2012 1st 16.4% no
SuperVision 2012 1st 15.3% Imagenet 22k
Clarifi 2013 1st 11.7% no
Clarifi 2013 1st 11.2% Imagenet 22k
MSRA 2014 3rd 7.35% no
VGG 2014 2nd 7.32% no
GoogleLeNet 2014 1st 6.67% no


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