Quaternion Convolutional Neural Networks

Xuanyu Zhu, Yi Xu, Hongteng Xu, Changjian Chen; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 631-647


Neural networks in the real domain have been studied for a long time and achieved promising results in many vision tasks for recent years. However, the extensions of the neural network models in other number fields and their potential applications are not fully-investigated yet. Focusing on color images, which can be naturally represented as quaternion matrices, we propose a quaternion convolutional neural network (QCNN) model to obtain more representative features. In particular, we re-design the basic modules like convolution layer and fully-connected layer in the quaternion domain, which can be used to establish fully-quaternion convolutional neural networks. Moreover, these modules are compatible with almost all deep learning techniques and can be plugged into traditional CNNs easily. We test our QCNN models in both color image classification and denoising tasks. Experimental results show that they outperform the real-valued CNNs with same structures.

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author = {Zhu, Xuanyu and Xu, Yi and Xu, Hongteng and Chen, Changjian},
title = {Quaternion Convolutional Neural Networks},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}