Random search and reproducibility for neural architecture search

Video description

Neural architecture search (NAS) is a promising research direction that has the potential to replace expert-designed networks with learned, task-specific architectures. Ameet Talwalkar (Carnegie Mellon University | Determined AI) shares work that aims to help ground the empirical results in this field and proposes new NAS baselines that build off the following observations: NAS is a specialized hyperparameter optimization problem, and random search is a competitive baseline for hyperparameter optimization.

Leveraging these observations, Ameet evaluates both random search with early-stopping and a novel random search with a weight-sharing algorithm on two standard NAS benchmarks: PTB and CIFAR-10. Results show that random search with early-stopping is a competitive NAS baseline that performs at least as well as ENAS, a leading NAS method, on both benchmarks. Additionally, random search with weight-sharing outperforms random search with early-stopping, achieving a state-of-the-art NAS result on PTB and a highly competitive result on CIFAR-10.

Ameet concludes by exploring existing reproducibility issues for published NAS results, noting the lack of source material needed to exactly reproduce these results, and discussing the robustness of published results given the various sources of variability in NAS experimental setups.

All information (code, random seeds, documentation) needed to exactly reproduce our results will be shared, along with random search with weight-sharing results for each benchmark on two independent experimental runs.

This session was recorded at the 2019 O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in New York.

Product information

  • Title: Random search and reproducibility for neural architecture search
  • Author(s): Ameet Talwalkar
  • Release date: October 2019
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0636920339373