Modular-Relatedness for Continual Learning

11/02/2020 ∙ by Ammar Shaker, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we propose a continual learning (CL) technique that is beneficial to sequential task learners by improving their retained accuracy and reducing catastrophic forgetting. The principal target of our approach is the automatic extraction of modular parts of the neural network and then estimating the relatedness between the tasks given these modular components. This technique is applicable to different families of CL methods such as regularization-based (e.g., the Elastic Weight Consolidation) or the rehearsal-based (e.g., the Gradient Episodic Memory) approaches where episodic memory is needed. Empirical results demonstrate remarkable performance gain (in terms of robustness to forgetting) for methods such as EWC and GEM based on our technique, especially when the memory budget is very limited.

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