Symmetric Decomposition of Convolution Kernels

Jun OU  Yujian LI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E102-D   No.1   pp.219-222
Publication Date: 2019/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2018EDL8136
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Biocybernetics, Neurocomputing
Keyword: 
symmetric decomposition,  convolution kernels,  speedup,  reduction of network parameters,  

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Summary: 
It is a hot issue that speeding up the network layers and decreasing the network parameters in convolutional neural networks (CNNs). In this paper, we propose a novel method, namely, symmetric decomposition of convolution kernels (SDKs). It symmetrically separates k×k convolution kernels into (k×1 and 1×k) or (1×k and k×1) kernels. We conduct the comparison experiments of the network models designed by SDKs on MNIST and CIFAR-10 datasets. Compared with the corresponding CNNs, we obtain good recognition performance, with 1.1×-1.5× speedup and more than 30% reduction of network parameters. The experimental results indicate our method is useful and effective for CNNs in practice, in terms of speedup performance and reduction of parameters.