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Song, Jie, Chen, Yixin, Ye, Jingwen, Wang, Xinchao, Shen, Chengchao, Mao, Feng, Song, Mingli.  2020.  DEPARA: Deep Attribution Graph for Deep Knowledge Transferability. 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). :3921–3929.
Exploring the intrinsic interconnections between the knowledge encoded in PRe-trained Deep Neural Networks (PR-DNNs) of heterogeneous tasks sheds light on their mutual transferability, and consequently enables knowledge transfer from one task to another so as to reduce the training effort of the latter. In this paper, we propose the DEeP Attribution gRAph (DEPARA) to investigate the transferability of knowledge learned from PR-DNNs. In DEPARA, nodes correspond to the inputs and are represented by their vectorized attribution maps with regards to the outputs of the PR-DNN. Edges denote the relatedness between inputs and are measured by the similarity of their features extracted from the PR-DNN. The knowledge transferability of two PR-DNNs is measured by the similarity of their corresponding DEPARAs. We apply DEPARA to two important yet under-studied problems in transfer learning: pre-trained model selection and layer selection. Extensive experiments are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method in solving both these problems. Code, data and models reproducing the results in this paper are available at
Cui, Zhicheng, Zhang, Muhan, Chen, Yixin.  2018.  Deep Embedding Logistic Regression. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Knowledge (ICBK). :176–183.
Logistic regression (LR) is used in many areas due to its simplicity and interpretability. While at the same time, those two properties limit its classification accuracy. Deep neural networks (DNNs), instead, achieve state-of-the-art performance in many domains. However, the nonlinearity and complexity of DNNs make it less interpretable. To balance interpretability and classification performance, we propose a novel nonlinear model, Deep Embedding Logistic Regression (DELR), which augments LR with a nonlinear dimension-wise feature embedding. In DELR, each feature embedding is learned through a deep and narrow neural network and LR is attached to decide feature importance. A compact and yet powerful model, DELR offers great interpretability: it can tell the importance of each input feature, yield meaningful embedding of categorical features, and extract actionable changes, making it attractive for tasks such as market analysis and clinical prediction.