- Abstract: There exist many forms of deep latent variable models, such as the variational autoencoder and adversarial autoencoder. Regardless of the specific class of model, there exists an implicit consensus that the latent distribution should be regularized towards the prior, even in the case where the prior distribution is learned. Upon investigating the effect of latent regularization on image generation our results indicate that in the case when a sufficiently expressive prior is learned, latent regularization is not necessary and may in fact be harmful insofar as image quality is concerned. We additionally investigate the benefit of learned priors on two common problems in computer vision: latent variable disentanglement, and diversity in image-to-image translation.
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