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Distilled Data-efficient Image Transformer (base-sized model)

Distilled data-efficient Image Transformer (DeiT) model pre-trained and fine-tuned on ImageNet-1k (1 million images, 1,000 classes) at resolution 224x224. It was first introduced in the paper Training data-efficient image transformers & distillation through attention by Touvron et al. and first released in this repository. However, the weights were converted from the timm repository by Ross Wightman.

Disclaimer: The team releasing DeiT did not write a model card for this model so this model card has been written by the Hugging Face team.

Model description

This model is a distilled Vision Transformer (ViT). It uses a distillation token, besides the class token, to effectively learn from a teacher (CNN) during both pre-training and fine-tuning. The distillation token is learned through backpropagation, by interacting with the class ([CLS]) and patch tokens through the self-attention layers.

Images are presented to the model as a sequence of fixed-size patches (resolution 16x16), which are linearly embedded.

Intended uses & limitations

You can use the raw model for image classification. See the model hub to look for fine-tuned versions on a task that interests you.

How to use

Since this model is a distilled ViT model, you can plug it into DeiTModel, DeiTForImageClassification or DeiTForImageClassificationWithTeacher. Note that the model expects the data to be prepared using DeiTFeatureExtractor. Here we use AutoFeatureExtractor, which will automatically use the appropriate feature extractor given the model name.

Here is how to use this model to classify an image of the COCO 2017 dataset into one of the 1,000 ImageNet classes:

from transformers import AutoFeatureExtractor, DeiTForImageClassificationWithTeacher
from PIL import Image
import requests

url = 'http://images.cocodataset.org/val2017/000000039769.jpg'
image = Image.open(requests.get(url, stream=True).raw)

feature_extractor = AutoFeatureExtractor.from_pretrained('facebook/deit-base-distilled-patch16-224')
model = DeiTForImageClassificationWithTeacher.from_pretrained('facebook/deit-base-distilled-patch16-224')

inputs = feature_extractor(images=image, return_tensors="pt")

# forward pass
outputs = model(**inputs)
logits = outputs.logits

# model predicts one of the 1000 ImageNet classes
predicted_class_idx = logits.argmax(-1).item()
print("Predicted class:", model.config.id2label[predicted_class_idx])

Currently, both the feature extractor and model support PyTorch. Tensorflow and JAX/FLAX are coming soon.

Training data

This model was pretrained and fine-tuned with distillation on ImageNet-1k, a dataset consisting of 1 million images and 1k classes.

Training procedure


The exact details of preprocessing of images during training/validation can be found here.

At inference time, images are resized/rescaled to the same resolution (256x256), center-cropped at 224x224 and normalized across the RGB channels with the ImageNet mean and standard deviation.


The model was trained on a single 8-GPU node for 3 days. Training resolution is 224. For all hyperparameters (such as batch size and learning rate) we refer to table 9 of the original paper.

Evaluation results

Model ImageNet top-1 accuracy ImageNet top-5 accuracy # params URL
DeiT-tiny 72.2 91.1 5M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-tiny-patch16-224
DeiT-small 79.9 95.0 22M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-small-patch16-224
DeiT-base 81.8 95.6 86M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-base-patch16-224
DeiT-tiny distilled 74.5 91.9 6M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-tiny-distilled-patch16-224
DeiT-small distilled 81.2 95.4 22M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-small-distilled-patch16-224
DeiT-base distilled 83.4 96.5 87M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-base-distilled-patch16-224
DeiT-base 384 82.9 96.2 87M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-base-patch16-384
DeiT-base distilled 384 (1000 epochs) 85.2 97.2 88M https://huggingface.co/facebook/deit-base-distilled-patch16-384

Note that for fine-tuning, the best results are obtained with a higher resolution (384x384). Of course, increasing the model size will result in better performance.

BibTeX entry and citation info

      title={Training data-efficient image transformers & distillation through attention}, 
      author={Hugo Touvron and Matthieu Cord and Matthijs Douze and Francisco Massa and Alexandre Sablayrolles and Hervé Jégou},
      title={Visual Transformers: Token-based Image Representation and Processing for Computer Vision}, 
      author={Bichen Wu and Chenfeng Xu and Xiaoliang Dai and Alvin Wan and Peizhao Zhang and Zhicheng Yan and Masayoshi Tomizuka and Joseph Gonzalez and Kurt Keutzer and Peter Vajda},
  title={Imagenet: A large-scale hierarchical image database},
  author={Deng, Jia and Dong, Wei and Socher, Richard and Li, Li-Jia and Li, Kai and Fei-Fei, Li},
  booktitle={2009 IEEE conference on computer vision and pattern recognition},
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