Complementary Relation Contrastive Distillation

Jinguo Zhu, Shixiang Tang, Dapeng Chen, Shijie Yu, Yakun Liu, Mingzhe Rong, Aijun Yang, Xiaohua Wang; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2021, pp. 9260-9269


Knowledge distillation aims to transfer representation ability from a teacher model to a student model. Previous approaches focus on either individual representation distillation or inter-sample similarity preservation. While we argue that the inter-sample relation conveys abundant information and needs to be distilled in a more effective way. In this paper, we propose a novel knowledge distillation method, namely Complementary Relation Contrastive Distillation (CRCD), to transfer the structural knowledge from the teacher to the student. Specifically, we estimate the mutual relation in an anchor-based way and distill the anchor-student relation under the supervision of its corresponding anchor-teacher relation. To make it more robust, mutual relations are modeled by two complementary elements: the feature and its gradient. Furthermore, the low bound of mutual information between the anchor-teacher relation distribution and the anchor-student relation distribution is maximized via relation contrastive loss, which can distill both the sample representation and the inter-sample relations. Experiments on different benchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed CRCD.

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@InProceedings{Zhu_2021_CVPR, author = {Zhu, Jinguo and Tang, Shixiang and Chen, Dapeng and Yu, Shijie and Liu, Yakun and Rong, Mingzhe and Yang, Aijun and Wang, Xiaohua}, title = {Complementary Relation Contrastive Distillation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2021}, pages = {9260-9269} }