Non-Discriminative Data or Weak Model? On the Relative Importance of Data and Model Resolution

Mark Sandler, Jonathan Baccash, Andrey Zhmoginov, Andrew Howard; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 0-0

Abstract


We explore the question of how the resolution of the input image ("input resolution") affects the performance of a neural network when compared to the resolution of the hidden layers ("internal resolution"). Adjusting these characteristics is frequently used as a hyperparameter providing a trade-off between model performance and accuracy. An intuitive interpretation is that the reduced information content in the low-resolution input causes decay in the accuracy. In this paper, we show that up to a point, the input resolution alone plays little role in the network performance, and it is the internal resolution that is the critical driver of model quality. We then build on these insights to develop novel neural network architectures that we call Isometric Neural Networks. These models maintain a fixed internal resolution throughout their entire depth. We demonstrate that they lead to high accuracy models with low activation footprint and parameter count.

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@InProceedings{Sandler_2019_ICCV,
author = {Sandler, Mark and Baccash, Jonathan and Zhmoginov, Andrey and Howard, Andrew},
title = {Non-Discriminative Data or Weak Model? On the Relative Importance of Data and Model Resolution},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshops},
month = {Oct},
year = {2019}
}