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Deep Neural Networks for Acoustic Modeling in Speech Recognition
"... Most current speech recognition systems use hidden Markov models (HMMs) to deal with the temporal variability of speech and Gaussian mixture models to determine how well each state of each HMM fits a frame or a short window of frames of coefficients that represents the acoustic input. An alternative ..."
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Most current speech recognition systems use hidden Markov models (HMMs) to deal with the temporal variability of speech and Gaussian mixture models to determine how well each state of each HMM fits a frame or a short window of frames of coefficients that represents the acoustic input. An alternative way to evaluate the fit is to use a feedforward neural network that takes several frames of coefficients as input and produces posterior probabilities over HMM states as output. Deep neural networks with many hidden layers, that are trained using new methods have been shown to outperform Gaussian mixture models on a variety of speech recognition benchmarks, sometimes by a large margin. This paper provides an overview of this progress and represents the shared views of four research groups who have had recent successes in using deep neural networks for acoustic modeling in speech recognition. I.
Representation Learning: A Review and New Perspectives
, 2012
"... The success of machine learning algorithms generally depends on data representation, and we hypothesize that this is because different representations can entangle and hide more or less the different explanatory factors of variation behind the data. Although specific domain knowledge can be used to ..."
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The success of machine learning algorithms generally depends on data representation, and we hypothesize that this is because different representations can entangle and hide more or less the different explanatory factors of variation behind the data. Although specific domain knowledge can be used to help design representations, learning with generic priors can also be used, and the quest for AI is motivating the design of more powerful representationlearning algorithms implementing such priors. This paper reviews recent work in the area of unsupervised feature learning and joint training of deep learning, covering advances in probabilistic models, autoencoders, manifold learning, and deep architectures. This motivates longerterm unanswered questions about the appropriate objectives for learning good representations, for computing representations (i.e., inference), and the geometrical connections between representation learning, density estimation and manifold learning.
Algorithms for hyperparameter optimization
 In NIPS
, 2011
"... Several recent advances to the state of the art in image classification benchmarks have come from better configurations of existing techniques rather than novel approaches to feature learning. Traditionally, hyperparameter optimization has been the job of humans because they can be very efficient ..."
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Several recent advances to the state of the art in image classification benchmarks have come from better configurations of existing techniques rather than novel approaches to feature learning. Traditionally, hyperparameter optimization has been the job of humans because they can be very efficient in regimes where only a few trials are possible. Presently, computer clusters and GPU processors make it possible to run more trials and we show that algorithmic approaches can find better results. We present hyperparameter optimization results on tasks of training neural networks and deep belief networks (DBNs). We optimize hyperparameters using random search and two new greedy sequential methods based on the expected improvement criterion. Random search has been shown to be sufficiently efficient for learning neural networks for several datasets, but we show it is unreliable for training DBNs. The sequential algorithms are applied to the most difficult DBN learning problems from [1] and find significantly better results than the best previously reported. This work contributes novel techniques for making response surface models P (yx) in which many elements of hyperparameter assignment (x) are known to be irrelevant given particular values of other elements. 1
Reading Digits in Natural Images with Unsupervised Feature Learning
"... Detecting and reading text from natural images is a hard computer vision task that is central to a variety of emerging applications. Related problems like document character recognition have been widely studied by computer vision and machine learning researchers and are virtually solved for practica ..."
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Detecting and reading text from natural images is a hard computer vision task that is central to a variety of emerging applications. Related problems like document character recognition have been widely studied by computer vision and machine learning researchers and are virtually solved for practical applications like reading handwritten digits. Reliably recognizing characters in more complex scenes like photographs, however, is far more difficult: the best existing methods lag well behind human performance on the same tasks. In this paper we attack the problem of recognizing digits in a real application using unsupervised feature learning methods: reading house numbers from street level photos. To this end, we introduce a new benchmark dataset for research use containing over 600,000 labeled digits cropped from Street View images. We then demonstrate the difficulty of recognizing these digits when the problem is approached with handdesigned features. Finally, we employ variants of two recently proposed unsupervised feature learning methods and find that they are convincingly superior on our benchmarks. 1
Dropout: A simple way to prevent neural networks from overfitting
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 1929
"... Deep neural nets with a large number of parameters are very powerful machine learning systems. However, overfitting is a serious problem in such networks. Large networks are also slow to use, making it difficult to deal with overfitting by combining the predictions of many different large neural net ..."
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Deep neural nets with a large number of parameters are very powerful machine learning systems. However, overfitting is a serious problem in such networks. Large networks are also slow to use, making it difficult to deal with overfitting by combining the predictions of many different large neural nets at test time. Dropout is a technique for addressing this problem. The key idea is to randomly drop units (along with their connections) from the neural network during training. This prevents units from coadapting too much. During training, dropout samples from an exponential number of different “thinned ” networks. At test time, it is easy to approximate the effect of averaging the predictions of all these thinned networks by simply using a single unthinned network that has smaller weights. This significantly reduces overfitting and gives major improvements over other regularization methods. We show that dropout improves the performance of neural networks on supervised learning tasks in vision, speech recognition, document classification and computational biology, obtaining stateoftheart results on many benchmark data sets.
The Manifold Tangent Classifier
"... We combine three important ideas present in previous work for building classifiers: the semisupervised hypothesis (the input distribution contains information about the classifier), the unsupervised manifold hypothesis (data density concentrates near lowdimensional manifolds), and the manifold hyp ..."
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We combine three important ideas present in previous work for building classifiers: the semisupervised hypothesis (the input distribution contains information about the classifier), the unsupervised manifold hypothesis (data density concentrates near lowdimensional manifolds), and the manifold hypothesis for classification (different classes correspond to disjoint manifolds separated by low density). We exploit a novel algorithm for capturing manifold structure (highorder contractive autoencoders) and we show how it builds a topological atlas of charts, each chart being characterized by the principal singular vectors of the Jacobian of a representation mapping. This representation learning algorithm can be stacked to yield a deep architecture, and we combine it with a domain knowledgefree version of the TangentProp algorithm to encourage the classifier to be insensitive to local directions changes along the manifold. Recordbreaking classification results are obtained. 1
Stochastic backpropagation and approximate inference in deep generative models
, 2014
"... We marry ideas from deep neural networks and approximate Bayesian inference to derive a generalised class of deep, directed generative models, endowed with a new algorithm for scalable inference and learning. Our algorithm introduces a recognition model to represent an approximate posterior distri ..."
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We marry ideas from deep neural networks and approximate Bayesian inference to derive a generalised class of deep, directed generative models, endowed with a new algorithm for scalable inference and learning. Our algorithm introduces a recognition model to represent an approximate posterior distribution and uses this for optimisation of a variational lower bound. We develop stochastic backpropagation – rules for gradient backpropagation through stochastic variables – and derive an algorithm that allows for joint optimisation of the parameters of both the generative and recognition models. We demonstrate on several realworld data sets that by using stochastic backpropagation and variational inference, we obtain models that are able to generate realistic samples of data, allow for accurate imputations of missing data, and provide a useful tool for highdimensional data visualisation. 1.
A Connection between Score Matching and Denoising Autoencoders
, 2010
"... Denoising autoencoders have been previously shown to be competitive alternatives to Restricted Boltzmann Machines for unsupervised pretraining of each layer of a deep architecture. We show that a simple denoising autoencoder training criterion is equivalent to matching the score (with respect to th ..."
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Denoising autoencoders have been previously shown to be competitive alternatives to Restricted Boltzmann Machines for unsupervised pretraining of each layer of a deep architecture. We show that a simple denoising autoencoder training criterion is equivalent to matching the score (with respect to the data) of a specific energy based model to that of a nonparametric Parzen density estimator of the data. This yields several useful insights. It defines a proper probabilistic model for the denoising autoencoder technique which makes it in principle possible to sample from them or to rank examples by their energy. It suggests a different way to apply score matching that is related to learning to denoise and does not require computing second derivatives. It justifies the use of tied weights between the encoder and decoder, and suggests ways to extend the success of denoising autoencoders to a larger family of energybased models.
Practical recommendations for gradientbased training of deep architectures
 Neural Networks: Tricks of the Trade
, 2013
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Augmented Attribute Representations
"... Abstract. We propose a new learning method to infer a midlevel feature representation that combines the advantage of semantic attribute representations with the higher expressive power of nonsemantic features. The idea lies in augmenting an existing attributebased representation with additional d ..."
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Abstract. We propose a new learning method to infer a midlevel feature representation that combines the advantage of semantic attribute representations with the higher expressive power of nonsemantic features. The idea lies in augmenting an existing attributebased representation with additional dimensions for which an autoencoder model is coupled with a largemargin principle. This construction allows a smooth transition between the zeroshot regime with no training example, the unsupervised regime with training examples but without class labels, and the supervised regime with training examples and with class labels. The resulting optimization problem can be solved efficiently, because several of the necessity steps have closedform solutions. Through extensive experiments we show that the augmented representation achieves better results in terms of object categorization accuracy than the semantic representation alone.