9 Feb 2019

In the original version of the Variational Autoencoder, Kingma et al. assume Gaussian distributions for the approximate posterior during the inference and for the output during the generative process. This assumptions are good for computational reasons, e.g. we can easily optimize the parameters of a neural network using the reparametrization trick and the KL divergence between two Gaussians can be computed in closed form... (read more)

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