Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS 2019)

*Randall Balestriero, Romain Cosentino, Behnaam Aazhang, Richard Baraniuk*

We study the geometry of deep (neural) networks (DNs) with piecewise affine and convex nonlinearities. The layers of such DNs have been shown to be max-affine spline operators (MASOs) that partition their input space and apply a region-dependent affine mapping to their input to produce their output. We demonstrate that each MASO layer's input space partitioning corresponds to a power diagram (an extension of the classical Voronoi tiling) with a number of regions that grows exponentially with respect to the number of units (neurons). We further show that a composition of MASO layers (e.g., the entire DN) produces a progressively subdivided power diagram and provide its analytical form. The subdivision process constrains the affine maps on the potentially exponentially many power diagram regions with respect to the number of neurons to greatly reduce their complexity. For classification problems, we obtain a formula for a MASO DN's decision boundary in the input space plus a measure of its curvature that depends on the DN's nonlinearities, weights, and architecture. Numerous numerical experiments support and extend our theoretical results.

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