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A Scalable Laplace Approximation for Neural Networks
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    Ritter H, Botev A, Barber D
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    International Conference on Representation Learning
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    6th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2018 - Conference Track Proceedings
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    6th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2018)
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    Vancouver, Canada
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© Learning Representations, ICLR 2018 - Conference Track Proceedings.All right reserved. We leverage recent insights from second-order optimisation for neural networks to construct a Kronecker factored Laplace approximation to the posterior over the weights of a trained network. Our approximation requires no modification of the training procedure, enabling practitioners to estimate the uncertainty of their models currently used in production without having to retrain them. We extensively compare our method to using Dropout and a diagonal Laplace approximation for estimating the uncertainty of a network. We demonstrate that our Kronecker factored method leads to better uncertainty estimates on out-of-distribution data and is more robust to simple adversarial attacks. Our approach only requires calculating two square curvature factor matrices for each layer. Their size is equal to the respective square of the input and output size of the layer, making the method efficient both computationally and in terms of memory usage. We illustrate its scalability by applying it to a state-of-the-art convolutional network architecture.
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