I have seen people using pooling and subsampling synonymously. I have also seen people use them as different processes. I am not sure though if I have correctly inferred what they mean, when they use the terms with distinct meanings. I think these people mean that the pooling part is selecting a submatrix from an input matrix and the subsampling part is selecting yet another submatrix that satisfies some condition from the first submatrix.

So say we have a $100 \times 100$ image. We do $10 \times 10$ non-overlapping pooling with $5 \times 5$ max subsampling. That would mean we slide the $10 \times 10$ "pool" across the image in strides of 10 and at every step we select the $5 \times 5$ submatrix inside the pool that has the maximum sum. That $5 \times 5$ matrix is what comes out of the $10 \times 10$ pool at the current potion. So in the end we have a $50 \times 50$ image.

Can you confirm that this usage of the terms pooling and subsampling exists?

I inferred this definition, as I cannot make sense of how some people use the two terms otherwise. For example in this video, or rather the people from the paper he is talking about (which I can't find because he only has the author name on his slide and no year).

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is asking the same question: stats.stackexchange.com/questions/354944/… $\endgroup$
    – Recessive
    Jul 29, 2019 at 2:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Recessive I had read that one. It does not cover the case where people use the terms not as synonyms. It does not explain what a "$10 \times 10$ pool $5 \times 5$ subsampling" is supposed to be. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2019 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ From what I know, a maxpooling layer is a method for subsampling. So in that case, the terms are somewhat interchangable, but other types of pooling layers may also be a form of subsampling. $\endgroup$
    – Recessive
    Jul 30, 2019 at 4:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Recessive The person from the video answered me now, and he says in this case by subsampling the authors meant the stride of the pooling. $\endgroup$ Jul 30, 2019 at 12:41


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