Workshop: The First Workshop on Pre-training: Perspectives, Pitfalls, and Paths Forward

On the Subspace Structure of Gradient-Based Meta-Learning

Gustaf Tegnér · Alfredo Reichlin · Hang Yin · Mårten Björkman · Danica Kragic


In this work we provide an analysis of the distribution of the post-adaptation parameters of Gradient-Based Meta-Learning (GBML) methods. Previous work has noticed how, for the case of image-classification, this adaption only takes place on the last layers of the network. We propose the more general notion that parameters are updated over a low-dimensional subspace of the same dimensionality as the task-space and show that this holds for regression as well. Furthermore, the induced subspace structure provides a method to estimate the intrinsic dimension of the space of tasks of common few-shot learning datasets.

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