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Pyramid Vector Quantization for Deep Learning

Abstract · Apr 10, 2017 01:17 ·

pvq nns vector pyramid quantized dot cs-lg cs-ne

Arxiv Abstract

  • Vincenzo Liguori

This paper explores the use of Pyramid Vector Quantization (PVQ) to reduce the computational cost for a variety of neural networks (NNs) while, at the same time, compressing the weights that describe them. This is based on the fact that the dot product between an N dimensional vector of real numbers and an N dimensional PVQ vector can be calculated with only additions and subtractions and one multiplication. This is advantageous since tensor products, commonly used in NNs, can be re-conduced to a dot product or a set of dot products. Finally, it is stressed that any NN architecture that is based on an operation that can be re-conduced to a dot product can benefit from the techniques described here.

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