Rotation Regularization without Rotation

Takumi Kobayashi ;


"In various visual classification tasks, we enjoy significant performance improvement by deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs). To further boost performance, it is effective to regularize feature representation learning of CNNs such as by considering margin to improve feature distribution across classes. In this paper, we propose a regularization method based on random rotation of feature vectors. Random rotation is derived from cone representation to describe angular margin of a sample. While it induces geometric regularization to randomly rotate vectors by means of rotation matrices, we theoretically formulate the regularization in a statistical form which excludes costly geometric rotation as well as effectively imposes rotation-based regularization on classification in training CNNs. In the experiments on classification tasks, the method is thoroughly evaluated from various aspects, while producing favorable performance compared to the other regularization methods. Codes are available at"

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