Towards understanding residual neural networks
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Residual networks (ResNets) are now a prominent architecture in the field of deep learning. However, an explanation for their success remains elusive. The original view is that residual connections allows for the training of deeper networks, but it is not clear that added layers are always useful, or even how they are used. In this work, we find that residual connections distribute learning behavior across layers, allowing resnets to indeed effectively use deeper layers and outperform standard networks. We support this explanation with results for network gradients and representation learning that show that residual connections make the training of individual residual blocks easier.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 37).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.