Bi-Modal Distributed Binarized Neural Networks
Binary Neural Networks (BNNs) are an extremely promising method to reduce deep neural networks’ complexity and power consumption massively. Binarization techniques, however, suffer from ineligible performance degradation compared to their full-precision counterparts. Prior work mainly focused on strategies for sign function approximation during forward and backward phases to reduce the quantization error during the binarization process. In this work, we propose a Bi-Modal Distributed binarization method (BD-BNN). That imposes bi-modal distribution of the network weights by kurtosis regularization. The proposed method consists of a training scheme that we call Weight Distribution Mimicking (WDM), which efficiently imitates the full-precision network weight distribution to their binary counterpart. Preserving this distribution during binarization-aware training creates robust and informative binary feature maps and significantly reduces the generalization error of the BNN. Extensive evaluations on CIFAR-10 and ImageNet demonstrate the superiority of our method over current state-of-the-art schemes.
* M.Sc. student under the supervision of Professor Avi Mendelson.