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Bounds all around: training energy-based models with bidirectional bounds
Cong Geng · Jia Wang · Zhiyong Gao · Jes Frellsen · Søren Hauberg

Thu Dec 09 04:30 PM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @

Energy-based models (EBMs) provide an elegant framework for density estimation, but they are notoriously difficult to train. Recent work has established links to generative adversarial networks, where the EBM is trained through a minimax game with a variational value function. We propose a bidirectional bound on the EBM log-likelihood, such that we maximize a lower bound and minimize an upper bound when solving the minimax game. We link one bound to a gradient penalty that stabilizes training, thereby provide grounding for best engineering practice. To evaluate the bounds we develop a new and efficient estimator of the Jacobi-determinant of the EBM generator. We demonstrate that these developments stabilize training and yield high-quality density estimation and sample generation.

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Cong Geng (Shanghai Jiaotong University)
Jia Wang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Zhiyong Gao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Jes Frellsen (Technical University of Denmark)
Søren Hauberg (Technical University of Denmark)

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