It took me awhile to understand how a pre-trained model could use a different image size than the one it was trained on. I wrote up my notes on using `resnet18`

for MNIST classification. Maybe they will be helpful to someone.

How does the pre-trained model use **our image size**? The PyTorch `resnet18`

model was trained on ImageNet images. These images are 3-channel 224x224 pixels. Our images are 3-channel 28x28. How can we use pre-trained weights for a model trained on different images sizes? Letâ€™s look at the first layers of the model instantiated as `learn`

:

```
Path: /kaggle/working/data, model=Sequential(
(0): Sequential(
(0): Conv2d(3, 64, kernel_size=(7, 7), stride=(2, 2), padding=(3, 3), bias=False)
(1): BatchNorm2d(64, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(2): ReLU(inplace=True)
(3): MaxPool2d(kernel_size=3, stride=2, padding=1, dilation=1, ceil_mode=False)
(4): Sequential(
(0): BasicBlock(
(conv1): Conv2d(64, 64, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn1): BatchNorm2d(64, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(relu): ReLU(inplace=True)
(conv2): Conv2d(64, 64, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn2): BatchNorm2d(64, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
)
:
:
:
```

The first layer is a 2d convolution. What is a convolution doing? The convolution slides a 7x7 matrix across each input channel of your image and does element-by-element multiplication summed against what it sees (this is sometimes described as matrix multiplicationâ€“wrongâ€“or a dot prodcut. The dot product of the stretched out kernel (7x7=49 in this case) and the image segment is the same as element-by-element multuplcation summed). In this model, there are 64 kernels that slide across each channel. A key idea is that the elements of these 7x7 matrices are **learned weights**. The **sizes of the kernels** are fixed even though the image sizes are not. This means that the count of weights does not vary at all as a function of image size. This also makes clear why we needed to convert our one channel images to three channels: pre-trained `resnet18`

requires 3 input channels; these **kernels are the weights**. In addition to convolutional layers, the model has `ReLU`

layers too. However there are no weights here; this layer is just making some non-linearity of what the prior convolutional layer outputs. So how many weights are there in the first convolutional layer? 7 x 7 x 3 channels x 64 = 9408. At some point though, this logic breaks. At the end of the model, we take the last convolutional layer, connect it to a â€śfully-connectedâ€ť layer and output to a certain number of classes. There are two things to understand about this. First letâ€™s look at the **actual pre-trained model from the PyTorch website** (**not** our `learn`

instance):

```
:
:
:
(1): BasicBlock(
(conv1): Conv2d(512, 512, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn1): BatchNorm2d(512, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(relu): ReLU(inplace=True)
(conv2): Conv2d(512, 512, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn2): BatchNorm2d(512, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
)
)
(avgpool): AdaptiveAvgPool2d(output_size=(1, 1))
(fc): Linear(in_features=512, out_features=1000, bias=True)
)
```

The last convolutional block feeds into an `AdaptiveAvgPool2d(...)`

layer which feeds into a fully-connected layer with 1000 outputs. These 1000 outputs are the ImageNet classes. Without going into details, the key idea of the `AdaptiveAvgPool2d`

layer is that it takes **any input size** and always outputs the same size. This is how we can use any input image size passing through the convolutional layers and make it fit a pre-defined fully-connected layer. However this last layer â€“ this is where our idea breaks down: we donâ€™t have 1000 classes, we have 10. To see how fastai deals with this, letâ€™s look not at the model from the PyTorch website, but the actual model instantiated as `learn`

. When we look at the last layers of this model we see:

```
:
:
:
(1): BasicBlock(
(conv1): Conv2d(512, 512, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn1): BatchNorm2d(512, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(relu): ReLU(inplace=True)
(conv2): Conv2d(512, 512, kernel_size=(3, 3), stride=(1, 1), padding=(1, 1), bias=False)
(bn2): BatchNorm2d(512, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
)
)
)
(1): Sequential(
(0): AdaptiveConcatPool2d(
(ap): AdaptiveAvgPool2d(output_size=1)
(mp): AdaptiveMaxPool2d(output_size=1)
)
(1): Flatten()
(2): BatchNorm1d(1024, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(3): Dropout(p=0.25, inplace=False)
(4): Linear(in_features=1024, out_features=512, bias=True)
(5): ReLU(inplace=True)
(6): BatchNorm1d(512, eps=1e-05, momentum=0.1, affine=True, track_running_stats=True)
(7): Dropout(p=0.5, inplace=False)
(8): Linear(in_features=512, out_features=10, bias=True)
)
```

Complex! fastai cut off the `avgpool`

and the `fc`

layers from the pre-trained model and then added a bunch of itâ€™s own layers. **These added layers are the only ones trained when you first call **`fit_one_cycle`

. Notice that `out_features=10`

; fastai made this layer for us based on the number of classes in our data. And thatâ€™s it.