Reset model weights

I would like to know, if there is a way to reset weights for a PyTorch model.

Here is my code:

class Net(nn.Module):
    def __init__(self):
        super(Net, self).__init__()
        self.conv1 = nn.Conv2d(1, 16, kernel_size=5)
        self.conv2 = nn.Conv2d(16, 32, kernel_size=5)
        self.conv3 = nn.Conv2d(32, 64, kernel_size=5)
        self.conv4 = nn.Conv2d(64, 64, kernel_size=5)

        self.pool = nn.MaxPool2d(5, stride=3)
        self.pool2 = nn.MaxPool2d(3, stride=1)
        self.activation = nn.ReLU()
        self.fc1 = nn.Linear(4096, 20)
        self.fc2 = nn.Linear(20, 1)

    def forward(self, x):
        x = self.activation( self.pool(self.conv1(x)) )
        x = self.activation( self.pool(self.conv2(x)) )
        x = self.activation( self.pool(self.conv3(x)) )
        x = self.activation( self.pool2(self.conv4(x)) )
        x = x.view(-1, 64*8*8)

        x = self.activation(self.fc1(x))
        x = self.fc2(x)
        return x

I just to want average couple runs of the model, in order to evaluate it.

Any idea how can I do that?

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You could save the state_dict and load it for resetting the model. Have a look at the Serialization Semantics to see how to do it.
Would this work for you or do you want to re-initialize it to random weights?


thank you for the hint.

However, is there a way for the random re-initialization?

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Sure! You just have to define your init function:

def weights_init(m):
    if isinstance(m, nn.Conv2d):

And call it on the model with:


If you want to have the same random weights for each initialization, you would need to set the seed before calling this method with:


This probably works too:

This is not a robust solution and wont work for anything except core torch.nn layers, but this works:

for layer in model.children():
   if hasattr(layer, 'reset_parameters'):

credit: Reinitializing the weights after each cross validation fold

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could I perhaps double check if below is a robust solution? it is working - However I does seem useful to corroborate. I am looking for a solution that clears all weights between iterations of a hyper-parameter search. I am running individual models as sub-process’.

chk_dir = '/root/.cache/torch/hub/checkpoints/'

if os.path.isdir(chk_dir):
    for chkpnt in os.scandir(chk_dir):
        print(f'rm"ing {chkpnt.path}')
        os.system(f'rm {chkpnt.path}')

why doesn’t this work for you:


Here is the code with an example that runs:

def lp_norm(mdl: nn.Module, p: int = 2) -> Tensor:
    lp_norms = [w.norm(p) for name, w in mdl.named_parameters()]
    return sum(lp_norms)

def reset_all_weights(model: nn.Module) -> None:

    def weight_reset(m: nn.Module):
        # - check if the current module has reset_parameters & if it's callabed called it on m
        reset_parameters = getattr(m, "reset_parameters", None)
        if callable(reset_parameters):

    # Applies fn recursively to every submodule see:

def reset_all_linear_layer_weights(model: nn.Module) -> nn.Module:
    Resets all weights recursively for linear layers.


    def init_weights(m):
        if type(m) == nn.Linear:

    # Applies fn recursively to every submodule see:

def reset_all_weights_with_specific_layer_type(model: nn.Module, modules_type2reset) -> nn.Module:
    Resets all weights recursively for linear layers.


    def init_weights(m):
        if type(m) == modules_type2reset:
            # if type(m) == torch.nn.BatchNorm2d:
            #     m.weight.fill_(1.0)

    # Applies fn recursively to every submodule see:

# -- tests

def reset_params_test():
    import torchvision.models as models
    from uutils.torch_uu import lp_norm

    resnet18 = models.resnet18(pretrained=True)
    resnet18_random = models.resnet18(pretrained=False)


if __name__ == '__main__':
    print('Done! \a\n')


lp_norm(resnet18)=tensor(517.5472, grad_fn=<AddBackward0>)
lp_norm(resnet18_random)=tensor(668.3687, grad_fn=<AddBackward0>)
lp_norm(resnet18)=tensor(517.5472, grad_fn=<AddBackward0>)
lp_norm(resnet18)=tensor(476.0836, grad_fn=<AddBackward0>)

I am assuming this works because I calculated the norm twice for the pre-trained net and it was the same both times before calling reset.

Though I was unhappy it wasn’t closer to the norm of the random net I must admit but I think this is good enough.

related: python 3.x - Reset parameters of a neural network in pytorch - Stack Overflow

@ptrblck @Brando_Miranda I was trying to do something with regards to resetting the weights and then applying a new tensor as my weights for a particular layer. I just had one doubt regarding the above discussion - does the reset_parameters() also clear all the associated memory that the layer occupies?

reset_parameters usually changes the parameters inplace as seen for e.g. nn.Linear so the memory usage shouldn’t change.