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Same, Same But Different: Recovering Neural Network Quantization Error Through Weight Factorization
Eldad Meller · Alexander Finkelstein · Uri Almog · Mark Grobman

Tue Jun 11 04:25 PM -- 04:30 PM (PDT) @ Seaside Ballroom

Quantization of neural networks has become common practice, driven by the need for efficient implementations of deep neural networks on embedded devices. In this paper, we exploit an oft-overlooked degree of freedom in most networks - for a given layer, individual output channels can be scaled by any factor provided that the corresponding weights of the next layer are inversely scaled. Therefore, a given network has many factorizations which change the weights of the network without changing its function. We present a conceptually simple and easy to implement method that uses this property and show that proper factorizations significantly decrease the degradation caused by quantization. We show improvement on a wide variety of networks and achieve state-of-the-art degradation results for MobileNets. While our focus is on quantization, this type of factorization is applicable to other domains such as network-pruning, neural nets regularization and network interpretability.

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Eldad Meller (Hailo)
Alexander Finkelstein (Hailo Technologies)
Uri Almog (Hailo Technologies)
Mark Grobman (Hailo Technologies)

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