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[1708.07120] Super-Convergence: Very Fast Training of Residual Networks Using Large Learning Rates
In this paper, we show a phenomenon, which we named "super-convergence", where residual networks can be trained using an order of magnitude fewer iterations than is used with standard training methods. The existence of super-convergence is relevant to understanding why deep networks generalize well. One of the key elements of super-convergence is training with cyclical learning rates and a large maximum learning rate. Furthermore, we present evidence that training with large learning rates improves performance by regularizing the network. In addition, we show that super-convergence provides a greater boost in performance relative to standard training when the amount of labeled training data is limited. We also derive a simplification of the Hessian Free optimization method to compute an estimate of the optimal learning rate. The architectures and code to replicate the figures in this paper are available at github.com/lnsmith54/super-convergence.
neural-net  sgd  resnet  training  performance  leslie-smith  learning-rate 
april 2018 by arsyed
[1506.01186] Cyclical Learning Rates for Training Neural Networks
It is known that the learning rate is the most important hyper-parameter to tune for training deep neural networks. This paper describes a new method for setting the learning rate, named cyclical learning rates, which practically eliminates the need to experimentally find the best values and schedule for the global learning rates. Instead of monotonically decreasing the learning rate, this method lets the learning rate cyclically vary between reasonable boundary values. Training with cyclical learning rates instead of fixed values achieves improved classification accuracy without a need to tune and often in fewer iterations. This paper also describes a simple way to estimate "reasonable bounds" -- linearly increasing the learning rate of the network for a few epochs. In addition, cyclical learning rates are demonstrated on the CIFAR-10 and CIFAR-100 datasets with ResNets, Stochastic Depth networks, and DenseNets, and the ImageNet dataset with the AlexNet and GoogLeNet architectures. These are practical tools for everyone who trains neural networks.
neural-net  learning-rate  training  leslie-smith 
april 2018 by arsyed
[1803.09820] A disciplined approach to neural network hyper-parameters: Part 1 -- learning rate, batch size, momentum, and weight decay
Although deep learning has produced dazzling successes for applications of image, speech, and video processing in the past few years, most trainings are with suboptimal hyper-parameters, requiring unnecessarily long training times. Setting the hyper-parameters remains a black art that requires years of experience to acquire. This report proposes several efficient ways to set the hyper-parameters that significantly reduce training time and improves performance. Specifically, this report shows how to examine the training validation/test loss function for subtle clues of underfitting and overfitting and suggests guidelines for moving toward the optimal balance point. Then it discusses how to increase/decrease the learning rate/momentum to speed up training. Our experiments show that it is crucial to balance every manner of regularization for each dataset and architecture. Weight decay is used as a sample regularizer to show how its optimal value is tightly coupled with the learning rates and momentums. Files to help replicate the results reported here are available.
neural-net  hyperparameter  batch-size  learning-rate  momentum  training  tips  leslie-smith 
april 2018 by arsyed

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