A General Computational Framework to Measure the Expressiveness of Complex Networks Using a Tighter Upper Bound of Linear Regions

8 Dec 2020  ·  Yutong Xie, Gaoxiang Chen, Quanzheng Li ·

The expressiveness of deep neural network (DNN) is a perspective to understandthe surprising performance of DNN. The number of linear regions, i.e. pieces thata piece-wise-linear function represented by a DNN, is generally used to measurethe expressiveness... And the upper bound of regions number partitioned by a rec-tifier network, instead of the number itself, is a more practical measurement ofexpressiveness of a rectifier DNN. In this work, we propose a new and tighter up-per bound of regions number. Inspired by the proof of this upper bound and theframework of matrix computation in Hinz & Van de Geer (2019), we propose ageneral computational approach to compute a tight upper bound of regions numberfor theoretically any network structures (e.g. DNN with all kind of skip connec-tions and residual structures). Our experiments show our upper bound is tighterthan existing ones, and explain why skip connections and residual structures canimprove network performance. read more

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