Properties Of Winning Tickets On Skin Lesion Classification

08/25/2020 ∙ by Sherin Muckatira, et al. ∙ 8

Skin cancer affects a large population every year – automated skin cancer detection algorithms can thus greatly help clinicians. Prior efforts involving deep learning models have high detection accuracy. However, most of the models have a large number of parameters, with some works even using an ensemble of models to achieve good accuracy. In this paper, we investigate a recently proposed pruning technique called Lottery Ticket Hypothesis. We find that iterative pruning of the network resulted in improved accuracy, compared to that of the unpruned network, implying that – the lottery ticket hypothesis can be applied to the problem of skin cancer detection and this hypothesis can result in a smaller network for inference. We also examine the accuracy across sub-groups – created by gender and age – and it was found that some sub-groups show a larger increase in accuracy than others.

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