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I want to experiment with capsule networks on facial expression recognition (FER). For now, I am using fer2013 Kaggle dataset.

One thing that I didn't understand in capsule networks was in the first convolution layer, the size was reduced to 20x20 - having input image as 28x28 and filters as 9x9 with 1 stride. But, in the capsules, the size reduces to 6x6.

How did this happen? Because with the input size as 20x20 and filters as 9x9 and 2 strides, I couldn't get 6x6. Maybe I missed something.

For my experiment, the input size image is 48x48. Should I use the same hyperparameters for the start or are there any suggested hyperparameters that I can use?

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After the first Conv layer, the size reduced to 20x20 for the primary caps which is convolutional caps layer n final = (n + 2p -f )/s + 1 which gives a 6x6 output with 256 channels

6x6x256 is further encoded into capsules of 8 dimensions by reshaping the channels i.e. 256/8 = 32 which gives 6x6x32 = 1152 capsules

try experimenting with the same hyperparameters first and then try to encode higher-level features by making suitable changes to the hyperparameters.

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