Generalized Multimodal ELBODownload PDF

28 Sept 2020, 15:52 (modified: 10 Feb 2022, 11:52)ICLR 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Multimodal, VAE, ELBO, self-supervised, generative learning
Abstract: Multiple data types naturally co-occur when describing real-world phenomena and learning from them is a long-standing goal in machine learning research. However, existing self-supervised generative models approximating an ELBO are not able to fulfill all desired requirements of multimodal models: their posterior approximation functions lead to a trade-off between the semantic coherence and the ability to learn the joint data distribution. We propose a new, generalized ELBO formulation for multimodal data that overcomes these limitations. The new objective encompasses two previous methods as special cases and combines their benefits without compromises. In extensive experiments, we demonstrate the advantage of the proposed method compared to state-of-the-art models in self-supervised, generative learning tasks.
One-sentence Summary: We propose a generalized ELBO for modeling multiple data types in a scalable and self-supervised way.
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