Distributional Sliced-Wasserstein and Applications to Generative ModelingDownload PDF

Sep 28, 2020 (edited Feb 24, 2021)ICLR 2021 SpotlightReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Deep generative models, Sliced Wasserstein, Optimal Transport
  • Abstract: Sliced-Wasserstein distance (SW) and its variant, Max Sliced-Wasserstein distance (Max-SW), have been used widely in the recent years due to their fast computation and scalability even when the probability measures lie in a very high dimensional space. However, SW requires many unnecessary projection samples to approximate its value while Max-SW only uses the most important projection, which ignores the information of other useful directions. In order to account for these weaknesses, we propose a novel distance, named Distributional Sliced-Wasserstein distance (DSW), that finds an optimal distribution over projections that can balance between exploring distinctive projecting directions and the informativeness of projections themselves. We show that the DSW is a generalization of Max-SW, and it can be computed efficiently by searching for the optimal push-forward measure over a set of probability measures over the unit sphere satisfying certain regularizing constraints that favor distinct directions. Finally, we conduct extensive experiments with large-scale datasets to demonstrate the favorable performances of the proposed distances over the previous sliced-based distances in generative modeling applications.
  • One-sentence Summary: A new optimal transport distance based on slicing approach and its applications to generative modeling.
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