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Chuan Guo, Geoff Pleiss, Yu Sun, Kilian Q. Weinberger. On Calibration of Modern Neural Networks. ICML, 2017.

Guo et al. study calibration of deep neural networks as post-processing step. Here, calibration means a correction of the predicted confidence scores as these are commonlz too overconfident in recent deep networks. They consider several state-of-the-art post-processing steps for calibration, but surprisingly, they show that a simple linear mapping, or even scaling, works surprisingly well. So if $z_i$ are the logits of the network, then (the network being fixed) a parameter $T$ is found such that


is calibrated and minimized the NLL loss on a held-out validation set. Here, the temeratur $T$ either softens or roughens the probability distribution over classes. Interestingly, finding $T$ by optimizing the same training loss helps to reduce over-confidence.

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