Generative Adversarial networks (GANs) have obtained remarkable success in
many unsupervised learning tasks and unarguably, clustering is an important
unsupervised learning problem. While one can potentially exploit the
latent-space back-projection in GANs to cluster, we demonstrate that the
cluster structure is not retained in the GAN latent space...
In this paper, we propose ClusterGAN as a new mechanism for clustering using
GANs. By sampling latent variables from a mixture of one-hot encoded variables
and continuous latent variables, coupled with an inverse network (which
projects the data to the latent space) trained jointly with a clustering
specific loss, we are able to achieve clustering in the latent space. Our
results show a remarkable phenomenon that GANs can preserve latent space
interpolation across categories, even though the discriminator is never exposed
to such vectors. We compare our results with various clustering baselines and
demonstrate superior performance on both synthetic and real datasets.