LumiNet: The Bright Side of Perceptual Knowledge Distillation


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In knowledge distillation research, feature-based methods have dominated due to their ability to effectively tap into extensive teacher models. In contrast, logit-based approaches are considered to be less adept at extracting hidden 'dark knowledge' from teachers. To bridge this gap, we present LumiNet, a novel knowledge-transfer algorithm designed to enhance logit-based distillation. We introduce a perception matrix that aims to recalibrate logits through adjustments based on the model's representation capability. By meticulously analyzing intra-class dynamics, LumiNet reconstructs more granular inter-class relationships, enabling the student model to learn a richer breadth of knowledge. Both teacher and student models are mapped onto this refined matrix, with the student's goal being to minimize representational discrepancies. Rigorous testing on benchmark datasets (CIFAR-100, ImageNet, and MSCOCO) attests to LumiNet's efficacy, revealing its competitive edge over leading feature-based methods. Moreover, in exploring the realm of transfer learning, we assess how effectively the student model, trained using our method, adapts to downstream tasks. Notably, when applied to Tiny ImageNet, the transferred features exhibit remarkable performance, further underscoring LumiNet's versatility and robustness in diverse settings. With LumiNet, we hope to steer the research discourse towards a renewed interest in the latent capabilities of logit-based knowledge distillation.
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