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Deep equilibrium networks are sensitive to initialization statistics
Atish Agarwala · Samuel Schoenholz

Wed Jul 20 07:40 AM -- 07:45 AM (PDT) @ Ballroom 1 & 2

Deep equilibrium networks (DEQs) are a promising way to construct models which trade off memory for compute. However, theoretical understanding of these models is still lacking compared to traditional networks, in part because of the repeated application of a single set of weights. We show that DEQs are sensitive to the higher order statistics of the matrix families from which they are initialized. In particular, initializing with orthogonal or symmetric matrices allows for greater stability in training. This gives us a practical prescription for initializations which allow for training with a broader range of initial weight scales.

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Atish Agarwala (Google Research)
Samuel Schoenholz (Google Brain)

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