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Zero-shot Knowledge Transfer via Adversarial Belief Matching
Paul Micaelli · Amos Storkey

Thu Dec 12 10:40 AM -- 10:45 AM (PST) @ West Exhibition Hall A
Performing knowledge transfer from a large teacher network to a smaller student is a popular task in modern deep learning applications. However, due to growing dataset sizes and stricter privacy regulations, it is increasingly common not to have access to the data that was used to train the teacher. We propose a novel method which trains a student to match the predictions of its teacher without using any data or metadata. We achieve this by training an adversarial generator to search for images on which the student poorly matches the teacher, and then using them to train the student. Our resulting student closely approximates its teacher for simple datasets like SVHN, and on CIFAR10 we improve on the state-of-the-art for few-shot distillation (with $100$ images per class), despite using no data. Finally, we also propose a metric to quantify the degree of belief matching between teacher and student in the vicinity of decision boundaries, and observe a significantly higher match between our zero-shot student and the teacher, than between a student distilled with real data and the teacher. Code is available at: https://github.com/polo5/ZeroShotKnowledgeTransfer

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Paul Micaelli (The University of Edinburgh)

PhD Student in Machine Learning

Amos Storkey (University of Edinburgh)

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