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Exploring Image Compression for Class-Incremental Learning

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The author explores the use of image compression to enhance memory buffer capacity and exemplar diversity in continual machine learning systems.
Image compression is investigated as a strategy to improve memory buffer capacity and exemplar diversity in continual machine learning. The study addresses domain shift issues, proposes a new framework for compression rate selection, and conducts experiments on CIFAR-100 and ImageNet datasets. Results show significant improvements in image classification accuracy under continual ML settings.
Image compression reduces file size to enhance data storage capacity. Memory replay-based algorithms mitigate catastrophic forgetting effects. Compressed exemplars introduce domain shift during continual ML. Data rate determines equivalent exemplar size for CIL methods. Pre-processing aligns data characteristics between training and testing phases. Feature MSE helps select the best compression method for exemplar configuration.
"Memory replay involves retaining selected exemplars from previous classes within a defined memory budget." "Compression allows more previously seen class data in the memory buffer, promoting a balanced training set." "Compression as a pre-processing step mitigates potential domain shift issues during testing."

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by Justin Yang,... at 03-12-2024
Probing Image Compression For Class-Incremental Learning

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How can low-bitrate compression impact neural network recognition capabilities?

Low-bitrate compression can significantly impact neural network recognition capabilities by introducing domain shift issues. When using compressed images as exemplars in continual learning scenarios, the discrepancy between the compressed and original data can lead to a decrease in classification accuracy. This degradation occurs because low-bitrate compression distorts the features of the images, affecting how well the neural network can recognize patterns and make accurate predictions. Additionally, this distortion may hinder the model's ability to generalize across tasks and adapt to new information effectively.

What are the implications of using different compression methods on classification accuracy?

The choice of compression method has significant implications for classification accuracy in continual machine learning systems. Different compression methods, such as JPEG, WebP, and Neural Compressors, introduce varying levels of distortion to the image data during storage or transmission. While high-quality compression methods like JPEG may preserve more details in the image but require higher bitrates leading to larger file sizes; lower quality compressions like WebP or Neural Compressors might result in more lossy representations with smaller file sizes. In terms of classification accuracy, selecting an appropriate compression rate and algorithm is crucial for balancing exemplar quality and quantity. The study shows that while some methods like JPEG exhibit better PSNR values (indicating less distortion), it does not always translate into improved classification accuracy compared to other methods like WebP or Neural Compressors which might have lower PSNR values but provide better performance due to reduced feature distortions impacting model training positively.

How does the proposed method compare to existing approaches in handling domain shift issues?

The proposed method introduces a pre-processing step involving image compression across both training and testing phases as a strategy for mitigating domain shift issues caused by compressed exemplars. By aligning data characteristics through pre-processing before model training begins, potential discrepancies between compressed training data and uncompressed testing data are minimized. This approach contrasts with existing techniques that either fine-tune models with target domain data post-compression or use high-data-rate compressions that limit benefits due to increased memory consumption. In comparison, our method leverages low-data-rate compressions efficiently selected based on forgetting measures from initial steps without requiring task identifiers during inference - making it suitable for continual learning setups where uncompressed original data becomes unavailable later on.