A new strategy for curriculum learning using model distillation

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Kaan Karakose
Metin Bilgin


In recent years, deep neural networks have been successful in both industry and academia, especially for computer vision tasks. Humans and animals learn much better when gradually presented in a meaningful order showing more concepts and complex samples rather than randomly presenting the information. The use of such training strategies in the context of artificial neural networks is called curriculum learning. In this study, a strategy was developed for curriculum learning. Using the CIFAR-10 and CIFAR-100 training sets, the last few layers of the pre-trained on ImageNet Xception model were trained to keep the training set knowledge in the model’s weight. Finally, a much smaller model was trained with the sample sorting methods presented using these difficulty levels. The findings obtained in this study show that the accuracy value generated when trained by the method we provided with the accuracy value trained with randomly mixed data was more than 1% for each epoch.


Keywords: Curriculum learning, model distillation, deep learning, academia, neural networks.


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Karakose, K., & Bilgin, M. . (2020). A new strategy for curriculum learning using model distillation. Global Journal of Computer Sciences: Theory and Research, 10(2), 57–65. https://doi.org/10.18844/gjcs.v10i2.5810