Exploring the Efficacy of Transfer Learning in Mining Image-Based Software Artifacts

3 Mar 2020  ·  Natalie Best, Jordan Ott, Erik Linstead ·

Transfer learning allows us to train deep architectures requiring a large number of learned parameters, even if the amount of available data is limited, by leveraging existing models previously trained for another task. Here we explore the applicability of transfer learning utilizing models pre-trained on non-software engineering data applied to the problem of classifying software UML diagrams. Our experimental results show training reacts positively to transfer learning as related to sample size, even though the pre-trained model was not exposed to training instances from the software domain. We contrast the transferred network with other networks to show its advantage on different sized training sets, which indicates that transfer learning is equally effective to custom deep architectures when large amounts of training data is not available.

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