Adaptive Neuron Apoptosis for Accelerating Deep Learning on Large Scale Systems

3 Oct 2016Charles SiegelJeff DailyAbhinav Vishnu

We present novel techniques to accelerate the convergence of Deep Learning algorithms by conducting low overhead removal of redundant neurons -- apoptosis of neurons -- which do not contribute to model learning, during the training phase itself. We provide in-depth theoretical underpinnings of our heuristics (bounding accuracy loss and handling apoptosis of several neuron types), and present the methods to conduct adaptive neuron apoptosis... (read more)

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