Negative Sampling in Variational Autoencoders


Sep 25, 2019 ICLR 2020 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • TL;DR: Pulling near-manifold examples (utilizing an auxiliary dataset or generated samples) to a secondary prior improves the discriminative power of VAE models regarding out-of-distribution samples.
  • Abstract: We propose negative sampling as an approach to improve the notoriously bad out-of-distribution likelihood estimates of Variational Autoencoder models. Our model pushes latent images of negative samples away from the prior. When the source of negative samples is an auxiliary dataset, such a model can vastly improve on baselines when evaluated on OOD detection tasks. Perhaps more surprisingly, we present a fully unsupervised variant that can also significantly improve detection performance: using the output of the generator as a source of negative samples results in a fully unsupervised model that can be interpreted as adversarially trained.
  • Keywords: Variational Autoencoder, generative modelling, out-of-distribution detection
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