4. Training Tricks

MMSegmentation support following training tricks out of box.

Different Learning Rate(LR) for Backbone and Heads

In semantic segmentation, some methods make the LR of heads larger than backbone to achieve better performance or faster convergence.

In MMSegmentation, you may add following lines to config to make the LR of heads 10 times of backbone.

    paramwise_cfg = dict(
            'head': dict(lr_mult=10.)}))

With this modification, the LR of any parameter group with 'head' in name will be multiplied by 10. You may refer to MMCV doc for further details.

Online Hard Example Mining (OHEM)

We implement pixel sampler here for training sampling. Here is an example config of training PSPNet with OHEM enabled.

_base_ = './pspnet_r50-d8_512x1024_40k_cityscapes.py'
        sampler=dict(type='OHEMPixelSampler', thresh=0.7, min_kept=100000)) )

In this way, only pixels with confidence score under 0.7 are used to train. And we keep at least 100000 pixels during training. If thresh is not specified, pixels of top min_kept loss will be selected.

Class Balanced Loss

For dataset that is not balanced in classes distribution, you may change the loss weight of each class. Here is an example for cityscapes dataset.

_base_ = './pspnet_r50-d8_512x1024_40k_cityscapes.py'
            type='CrossEntropyLoss', use_sigmoid=False, loss_weight=1.0,
            # DeepLab used this class weight for cityscapes
            class_weight=[0.8373, 0.9180, 0.8660, 1.0345, 1.0166, 0.9969, 0.9754,
                        1.0489, 0.8786, 1.0023, 0.9539, 0.9843, 1.1116, 0.9037,
                        1.0865, 1.0955, 1.0865, 1.1529, 1.0507])))

class_weight will be passed into CrossEntropyLoss as weight argument. Please refer to PyTorch Doc for details.