T-Basis: a Compact Representation for Neural Networks

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Anton Obukhov, Maxim Rakhuba, Stamatios Georgoulis, Menelaos Kanakis, Dengxin Dai, Luc Van Gool


<p>We introduce T-Basis, a novel concept for a compact representation of a set of tensors, each of an arbitrary shape, which is often seen in Neural Networks. Each of the tensors in the set is modelled using Tensor Rings, though the concept is applicable to other Tensor Networks as well. Owing its name to the T-shape of nodes in diagram notation of Tensor Rings, T-Basis is simply a list of equally shaped three-dimensional tensors, used to represent Tensor Ring nodes. Such representation allows us to parameterize the tensor set with a small number of parameters (coefficients of the T-Basis tensors), scaling logarithmically with the size of each tensor in the set, and linearly with the dimensionality of T-Basis. We evaluate the proposed approach on the task of neural network compression, and demonstrate that it reaches high compression rates at acceptable performance drops. Finally, we analyze memory and operation requirements of the compressed networks, and conclude that T-Basis networks are equally well suited for training and inference in resource-constrained environments, as well as usage on the edge devices.</p>