Densely Connected Convolutional Networks

Gao Huang, Zhuang Liu, Laurens van der Maaten, & Kilian Q. Weinberger

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connection, feature reuse. 1] A --> C[Low bottleneck: Direct connections,

less information loss. 2] A --> D[Compact models: Thinner layers,

compact architectures. 3] A --> E[Efficiency: Fewer parameters,

less computation. 4] A --> F[Growth rate k: Feature maps

per layer, small. 5] A --> G[Feature concatenation: Preceding features

input to subsequent layers. 6] G --> H[1x1 convolutions: Reduce input

maps, improve efficiency. 7] A --> I[Dense blocks: Multiple blocks,

pooling/convolution between. 8] B --> J[Implicit supervision: Early layers

receive direct loss supervision. 9] B --> K[Diversified features: Aggregate information

from all preceding layers. 10] B --> L[Low complexity features: Maintain

simple and complex features. 11] L --> M[Smooth decision boundaries: Improved

generalization, varying complexity. 12] A --> N[CIFAR-10: Lower error,

fewer parameters than ResNets. 13] A --> O[CIFAR-100: Similar trends,

dense nets outperform ResNets. 14] A --> P[ImageNet: Similar accuracy,

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especially with limited data. 16] A --> R[State-of-the-art: Top performance

on CIFAR at publication. 17] A --> S[Multi-scale DenseNet: Extension,

learns multi-scale features. 18] S --> T[Dense connections at

each scale. 19] S --> U[Multiple classifiers: Attached to

intermediate layers, early exiting. 20] U --> V[Confidence thresholding: Easy examples

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1.3x regular dense nets. 22] A --> X[Open-source: Code and

models released on GitHub. 23] A --> Y[Third-party implementations: Many

available after publication. 24] A --> Z[Memory-efficient implementation: Technical

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**Resume: **

**1.-** Dense connectivity: Connects each layer to every other layer in a network, allowing for feature reuse and improved information flow.

**2.-** Low information bottleneck: Direct connections between layers reduce information loss as data passes through the network.

**3.-** Compact models: Dense connectivity allows for thinner layers and more compact models compared to traditional architectures.

**4.-** Computational and parameter efficiency: Dense networks require fewer parameters and less computation per layer.

**5.-** Growth rate (k): The number of feature maps each layer in a dense block generates. Typically kept small.

**6.-** Feature concatenation: Features from preceding layers are concatenated together as input to subsequent layers in a dense block.

**7.-** 1x1 convolutions: Used to reduce the number of input feature maps and improve parameter efficiency in deeper layers.

**8.-** Dense blocks: Dense networks are split into multiple dense blocks, with pooling or convolution layers in between.

**9.-** Implicit deep supervision: Earlier layers receive more direct supervision from the loss function due to dense connectivity.

**10.-** Diversified features: Feature maps in dense nets tend to be more diverse as they aggregate information from all preceding layers.

**11.-** Low complexity features: Dense nets maintain features of varying complexity, allowing classifiers to use both simple and complex features.

**12.-** Smooth decision boundaries: Using features of varying complexity tends to result in smoother decision boundaries and improved generalization.

**13.-** Performance on CIFAR-10: Dense nets achieve lower error rates with fewer parameters compared to ResNets.

**14.-** Performance on CIFAR-100: Similar trends as CIFAR-10, with dense nets outperforming ResNets.

**15.-** Performance on ImageNet: Dense nets achieve similar accuracy to ResNets with roughly half the parameters and computation.

**16.-** Reduced overfitting: Dense nets are less prone to overfitting, especially when training data is limited.

**17.-** State-of-the-art results: At the time of publication, dense nets achieved state-of-the-art performance on CIFAR datasets.

**18.-** Multi-scale DenseNet: An extension of dense nets that learns features at multiple scales for faster inference.

**19.-** Dense connections at each scale: Multi-scale dense nets introduce dense connectivity within each scale of features.

**20.-** Multiple classifiers: Multi-scale dense nets attach classifiers to intermediate layers to enable early exiting.

**21.-** Confidence thresholding: During inference, easier examples can exit early based on the confidence of intermediate classifiers.

**22.-** Faster inference: Multi-scale dense nets achieve 2.6x faster inference than ResNets and 1.3x faster than regular dense nets.

**23.-** Open-source code and models: The authors released their code and pre-trained models on GitHub.

**24.-** Third-party implementations: Many independent implementations of dense nets became available after publication.

**25.-** Memory-efficient implementation: The authors published a technical report detailing how to implement dense nets in a more memory-efficient manner.

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