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WeightMom: Learning Sparse Networks using Iterative Momentum-based pruning
  • Sriramacharyulu Samudrala,
  • Elvis Johnson,
  • Xiaochen Tang
Sriramacharyulu Samudrala
Unipart Group Mumbai
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Elvis Johnson
University of Washington Washington
Xiaochen Tang
New York University


Deep Neural Networks have been used in a wide variety of applications with significant success. However, their highly complex nature owing to comprising millions of parameters has lead to problems during deployment in pipelines with low latency requirements. As a result, it is more desirable to obtain lightweight neural networks which have the same performance during inference time. In this work, we propose a weight based pruning approach in which the weights are pruned gradually based on their momentum of the previous iterations. Each layer of the neural network is assigned an importance value based on their relative sparsity, followed by the magnitude of the weight in the previous iterations. We evaluate our approach on networks such as AlexNet, VGG16 and ResNet50 with image classification datasets such as CIFAR-10 and CIFAR-100. We found that the results outperformed the previous approaches with respect to accuracy and compression ratio. Our method is able to obtain a compression of 15× for the same degradation in accuracy on both the datasets.