On Information Plane Analyses of Neural Network Classifiers -- A Review
Published 2020-03-21Version 1
We review the current literature concerned with information plane analyses of neural network classifiers. While the underlying information bottleneck theory and the claim that information-theoretic compression is causally linked to generalization are plausible, empirical evidence was found to be both supporting and conflicting. We review this evidence together with a detailed analysis how the respective information quantities were estimated. Our analysis suggests that compression visualized in information planes is not information-theoretic, but is rather compatible with geometric compression of the activations.