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In Entropy (Basel, Switzerland)

Deep learning has achieved many successes in different fields but can sometimes encounter an overfitting problem when there are insufficient amounts of labeled samples. In solving the problem of learning with limited training data, meta-learning is proposed to remember some common knowledge by leveraging a large number of similar few-shot tasks and learning how to adapt a base-learner to a new task for which only a few labeled samples are available. Current meta-learning approaches typically uses Shallow Neural Networks (SNNs) to avoid overfitting, thus wasting much information in adapting to a new task. Moreover, the Euclidean space-based gradient descent in existing meta-learning approaches always lead to an inaccurate update of meta-learners, which poses a challenge to meta-learning models in extracting features from samples and updating network parameters. In this paper, we propose a novel meta-learning model called Multi-Stage Meta-Learning (MSML) to post the bottleneck during the adapting process. The proposed method constrains a network to Stiefel manifold so that a meta-learner could perform a more stable gradient descent in limited steps so that the adapting process can be accelerated. An experiment on the mini-ImageNet demonstrates that the proposed method reached a better accuracy under 5-way 1-shot and 5-way 5-shot conditions.

Dong Fang, Liu Li, Li Fanzhang

2020-Jun-05

convolutional neural network, deep learning, lie group, machine learning, meta-learning