Continual Learning by Asymmetric Loss Approximation With Single-Side Overestimation

Dongmin Park, Seokil Hong, Bohyung Han, Kyoung Mu Lee; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 3335-3344

Abstract


Catastrophic forgetting is a critical challenge in training deep neural networks. Although continual learning has been investigated as a countermeasure to the problem, it often suffers from the requirements of additional network components and the limited scalability to a large number of tasks. We propose a novel approach to continual learning by approximating a true loss function using an asymmetric quadratic function with one of its sides overestimated. Our algorithm is motivated by the empirical observation that the network parameter updates affect the target loss functions asymmetrically. In the proposed continual learning framework, we estimate an asymmetric loss function for the tasks considered in the past through a proper overestimation of its unobserved sides in training new tasks, while deriving the accurate model parameter for the observable sides. In contrast to existing approaches, our method is free from the side effects and achieves the state-of-the-art accuracy that is even close to the upper-bound performance on several challenging benchmark datasets.

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@InProceedings{Park_2019_ICCV,
author = {Park, Dongmin and Hong, Seokil and Han, Bohyung and Lee, Kyoung Mu},
title = {Continual Learning by Asymmetric Loss Approximation With Single-Side Overestimation},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}
}