Keywords: Information Bottleneck, Deep Information Bottleneck, Deep Variational Information Bottleneck, Variational Autoencoder, Sparsity, Disentanglement, Interpretability, Copula, Mutual Information
TL;DR: We apply the copula transformation to the Deep Information Bottleneck which leads to restored invariance properties and a disentangled latent space with superior predictive capabilities.
Abstract: Deep latent variable models are powerful tools for representation learning. In this paper, we adopt the deep information bottleneck model, identify its shortcomings and propose a model that circumvents them. To this end, we apply a copula transformation which, by restoring the invariance properties of the information bottleneck method, leads to disentanglement of the features in the latent space. Building on that, we show how this transformation translates to sparsity of the latent space in the new model. We evaluate our method on artificial and real data.