Efficient Learning of CNNs using Patch Based Features

Alon Brutzkus, Amir Globerson, Eran Malach*, Alon Regev Netser*, Shai Shalev-Shwartz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent work has demonstrated the effectiveness of using patch based representations when learning from image data. Here we provide theoretical support for this observation, by showing that a simple semi-supervised algorithm that uses patch statistics can efficiently learn labels produced by a one-hidden-layer Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). Since CNNs are known to be computationally hard to learn in the worst case, our analysis holds under some distributional assumptions. We show that these assumptions are necessary and sufficient for our results to hold. We verify that the distributional assumptions hold on real-world data by experimenting on the CIFAR-10 dataset, and find that the analyzed algorithm outperforms a vanilla one-hidden-layer CNN. Finally, we demonstrate that by running the algorithm in a layer-by-layer fashion we can build a deep model which gives further improvements, hinting that this method provides insights about the behavior of deep CNNs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2336-2356
Number of pages21
JournalProceedings of Machine Learning Research
StatePublished - 2022
Event39th International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2022 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 202223 Jul 2022


FundersFunder number
European Research Council
European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
European Research Council
Horizon 2020ERC HOLI 819080


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