Learning to Draw Samples: With Application to Amortized MLE for Generative Adversarial Learning

Dilin Wang, Qiang Liu

Nov 04, 2016 (modified: Dec 01, 2016) ICLR 2017 conference submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: We propose a simple algorithm to train stochastic neural networks to draw samples from given target distributions for probabilistic inference. Our method is based on iteratively adjusting the neural network parameters so that the output changes along a Stein variational gradient that maximumly decreases the KL divergence with the target distribution. Our method works for any target distribution specified by their unnormalized density function, and can train any black-box architectures that are differentiable in terms of the parameters we want to adapt. As an application of our method, we propose an amortized MLE algorithm for training deep energy model, where a neural sampler is adaptively trained to approximate the likelihood function. Our method mimics an adversarial game between the deep energy model and the neural sampler, and obtains realistic-looking images competitive with the state-of-the-art results.
  • Keywords: Unsupervised Learning
  • Conflicts: cs.dartmouth.edu