# Fractional moment-preserving initialization schemes for training fully-connected neural networks

@article{Grbzbalaban2020FractionalMI, title={Fractional moment-preserving initialization schemes for training fully-connected neural networks}, author={Mert G{\"u}rb{\"u}zbalaban and Yuanhan Hu}, journal={ArXiv}, year={2020}, volume={abs/2005.11878} }

A traditional approach to initialization in deep neural networks (DNNs) is to sample the network weights randomly for preserving the variance of pre-activations. On the other hand, several studies show that during the training process, the distribution of stochastic gradients can be heavy-tailed especially for small batch sizes. In this case, weights and therefore pre-activations can be modeled with a heavy-tailed distribution that has an infinite variance but has a finite (non-integer…

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