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Learning Curves for Analysis of Deep Networks

Derek Hoiem · Tanmay Gupta · Zhizhong Li · Michal Shlapentokh-Rothman


Keywords: [ Algorithms ] [ Algorithms Evaluation ]


Learning curves model a classifier's test error as a function of the number of training samples. Prior works show that learning curves can be used to select model parameters and extrapolate performance. We investigate how to use learning curves to evaluate design choices, such as pretraining, architecture, and data augmentation. We propose a method to robustly estimate learning curves, abstract their parameters into error and data-reliance, and evaluate the effectiveness of different parameterizations. Our experiments exemplify use of learning curves for analysis and yield several interesting observations.

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