Diminishing batch normalization

Yintai Ma, Diego Klabjan

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In this paper, we propose a generalization of the Batch Normalization (BN) algorithm, diminishing batch normalization (DBN), where we update the BN parameters in a diminishing moving average way. BN is very effective in accelerating the convergence of a neural network training phase that it has become a common practice. Our proposed DBN algorithm remains the overall structure of the original BN algorithm while introduces a weighted averaging update to some trainable parameters. We provide an analysis of the convergence of the DBN algorithm that converges to a stationary point with respect to trainable parameters. Our analysis can be easily generalized for original BN algorithm by setting some parameters to constant. To the best knowledge of authors, this analysis is the first of its kind for convergence with Batch Normalization introduced. We analyze a two-layer model with arbitrary activation function. The convergence analysis applies to any activation function that satisfies our common assumptions. In the numerical experiments, we test the proposed algorithm on complex modern CNN models with stochastic gradients and ReLU activation. We observe that DBN outperforms the original BN algorithm on MNIST, NI and CIFAR-10 datasets with reasonable complex FNN and CNN models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - May 22 2017

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