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Toward Optimal Run Racing: Application to Deep Learning Calibration

Sylvain Gelly
Karol Kurach
Marc Schoenauer
Michele Sebag
Olivier Teytaud
Damien Vincent
arXiv (2017)


This paper aims at one-shot learning of deep neural nets, where a highly parallel setting is considered to address the algorithm calibration problem - selecting the best neural architecture and learning hyper-parameter values depending on the dataset at hand. The notoriously expensive calibration problem is optimally reduced by detecting and early stopping non-optimal runs. The theoretical contribution regards the optimality guarantees within the multiple hypothesis testing framework. Experimentations on the Cifar10, PTB and Wiki benchmarks demonstrate the relevance of the approach with a principled and consistent improvement on the state of the art with no extra hyper-parameter.

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