CS4981 Deep Learning In Signal Processing

CS4981 Deep Learning In Signal Processing

Week 4 Lab


In this lab you will use MATLAB’s hyperparameter optimization tools to automatically train several networks while varying details such as the number of dense layers and the training algorithm learning rate. Determining good (much less optimal) values of these hyperparameters is challenging and can consume much of a machine learning engineer’s time.

In particular, you will have MATLAB use a Bayesian optimization approach, which provides a powerful model for selecting the next set of hyperparameters to try given the hyperparameter combinations tried so far.

This method might be useful as you explore hyperparameters in your term project.

Throughout the lab, for your report, be sure to take screenshots of key results and graphics, including MATLAB console output showing the optimization process.


Read about the dataset at https://www.cs.toronto.edu/~kriz/cifar.html

Also, I recommend you download the dataset from the Linux bash prompt instead of following the first 2 steps in the tutorial. I assume you’re doing this from your home directory.

wget https://www.cs.toronto.edu/~kriz/cifar-10-matlab.tar.gz
tar xvfz cifar-10-matlab.tar.gz

The first command downloads a URL to a local file and the second one extracts the “compressed tape archive” file. x is the command to extract, v shows progress, f specifies data comes from a file (as opposed to a pipe) and z tells tar the file is compressed (as indicated by the .gz extension).

MATLAB has a built-in helper function for loading this common image data set, and it assumes it is in a directory named cifar-10-batches-mat, which was created when you extracted the tar archive above.

Saving Training Summary Results

Since the training will take some time, I suggest you reserve a training node for 6 or more hours and also place save successfulBayesianTraining (or whatever filename you prefer) at the end of the week4main.m file so that it will save your all your workspace variables to a file if you are not present when it completes.

Also, you may want turn the MATLAB diary on, which will log everything on the console (which will include training status updates, etc.) to a file. diary on

Lab Steps

First, unzip most of the tutorial code into a working directory on Rosie. This includes 2 support functions given in the tutorial plus the main code as week4main.m.

Next, read through the Deep Learning Using Bayesian Optimization tutorial to get an overview of the process.

To make training proceed as quickly as possible, a key metric is whether the GPU is being sufficiently utilized. nvidia-smi -l will give you status information on the GPU; press ctrl-C to exit. While your training is running, pay attention especially to the GPU utilization and its memory usage. In good training pipelines, GPU utilization over 90% is often attained. Memory usage is important for determining whether your GPU has the capacity to handle a larger network and/or larger batches in the training algorithm. One Rosie, the default batch size of 256 is probably too small; try editing makeObjFcn.m to make it 2048. Batch sizes are often a power of 2 since they tend to map to hardware more efficiently, but this is not required.

Begin training by running week4main from the MATLAB command prompt. This will take quite a bit of time since it will train 30 networks and each will take very roughly 6 minutes to train.

At this point (if you didn’t add the save command to week4main.m before running it), you may want to save successfulBayesianTraining in MATLAB so that you can resume your place later by using the load function to bring MATLAB’s workspace variables back in. Note that the bayesopt function in MATLAB is running the code in makeObjFcn code for each training iteration, and that code is saving each trained network to your working directory instead of keeping it in memory. Then, at the end of the optimization process, you can load the best (or any) of the networks for further analysis and, eventually, deployment.

Now, continue with the “Evaluate Final Network” section of the MATLAB tutorial. Be sure to capture your results, especially the confusion matrix.

Informal Report

  1. Include the table of results from the bayesopt function.
    • Discuss the progress of the algorithm by commenting on how the objective function value (final loss function value of each network on the validation sets) and the hyperparameters were varied by the algorithm.
    • Does the algorithm seem to be exploring the space, or quickly settling in on particular hyperparameter values?
    • If you lose the table, it should be possible to recover it from the BayesObject returned and saved – ask the professor for assistance if needed.
  2. Include the 10-class confusion matrix for your final network and discuss the results.
    • Are classes balanced in this validation set?
    • Are any classes easily confused?
    • Is one class particularly challenging for the network to classify?
  3. Include any other graphs or results that you think are relevant or interesting.
  4. Optional/extra: Evaluate one of the other networks that is not quite as good and comment on whether it performed better on a particular class.
  5. Summarize your key questions or open issues.
    • Where parts of the lab hard to understand?
    • Did you run into errors and were you able to solve them?
    • Are there topics you’d like to learn more about next?

Submit your informal report covering the above items via Canvas as a Word file, PDF, etc.