Will Grathwohl

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  • FFJORD: Free-form Continuous Dynamics for Scalable Reversible Generative Models

    A promising class of generative models maps points from a simple distribution to a complex distribution through an invertible neural network. Likelihood-based training of these models requires restricting their architectures to allow cheap computation of Jacobian determinants. Alternatively, the Jacobian trace can be used if the transformation is specified by an ordinary differential equation. In this paper, we use Hutchinson's trace estimator to give a scalable unbiased estimate of the log-density. The result is a continuous-time invertible generative model with unbiased density estimation and one-pass sampling, while allowing unrestricted neural network architectures. We demonstrate our approach on high-dimensional density estimation, image generation, and variational inference, achieving the state-of-the-art among exact likelihood methods with efficient sampling.

    10/02/2018 ∙ by Will Grathwohl, et al. ∙ 6 share

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  • Disentangling Space and Time in Video with Hierarchical Variational Auto-encoders

    There are many forms of feature information present in video data. Principle among them are object identity information which is largely static across multiple video frames, and object pose and style information which continuously transforms from frame to frame. Most existing models confound these two types of representation by mapping them to a shared feature space. In this paper we propose a probabilistic approach for learning separable representations of object identity and pose information using unsupervised video data. Our approach leverages a deep generative model with a factored prior distribution that encodes properties of temporal invariances in the hidden feature set. Learning is achieved via variational inference. We present results of learning identity and pose information on a dataset of moving characters as well as a dataset of rotating 3D objects. Our experimental results demonstrate our model's success in factoring its representation, and demonstrate that the model achieves improved performance in transfer learning tasks.

    12/14/2016 ∙ by Will Grathwohl, et al. ∙ 0 share

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