On Practical Approach to Uniform Quantization of Non-redundant Neural Networks

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The neural network quantization is highly desired procedure to perform before running the neural networks on mobile devices. Quantization without fine-tuning leads to accuracy drop of the model, whereas commonly used training with quantization is done on the full set of the labeled data and therefore is both time- and resource-consuming. Real life applications require simplification and acceleration of the quantization procedure that will maintain the accuracy of full-precision neural network, especially for modern mobile neural network architectures like Mobilenet-v1, MobileNet-v2 and MNAS. Here we present two methods to significantly optimize the training with the quantization procedure. The first one is introducing the trained scale factors for discretization thresholds that are separate for each filter. The second one is based on mutual rescaling of consequent depth-wise separable convolution and convolution layers. Using the proposed techniques, we quantize the modern mobile architectures of neural networks with the set of train data of only ∼ 10% of the total ImageNet 2012 sample. Such reduction of the train dataset size and a small number of trainable parameters allow to fine-tune the network for several hours while maintaining the high accuracy of the quantized model (the accuracy drop was less than 0.5%). The ready-for-use models and code are available at: https://github.com/agoncharenko1992/FAT-fast-adjustable-threshold.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2019
Subtitle of host publicationDeep Learning - 28th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, Proceedings
EditorsIgor V. Tetko, Pavel Karpov, Fabian Theis, Vera Kurková
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH and Co. KG
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030304836
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event28th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, ICANN 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 17 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11728 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference28th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, ICANN 2019


  • Distillation
  • Machine learning
  • Neural networks
  • Quantization


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