Layer-Wise Data-Free CNN Compression

We present an efficient method for compressing a trained neural network without using any data. Our data-free method requires 14x-450x fewer FLOPs than comparable state-of-the-art methods. We break the problem of data-free network compression into a number of independent layer-wise compressions. We show how to efficiently generate layer-wise training data, and how to precondition the network to maintain accuracy during layer-wise compression. We show state-of-the-art performance on MobileNetV1 for data-free low-bit-width quantization. We also show state-of-the-art performance on data-free…Apple Machine Learning Research