Momentum Contrastive Autoencoder

1 Jan 2021  ·  Devansh Arpit, Aadyot Bhatnagar, Huan Wang, Caiming Xiong ·

Wasserstein autoencoder (WAE) shows that matching two distributions is equivalent to minimizing a simple autoencoder (AE) loss under the constraint that the latent space of this AE matches a pre-specified prior distribution. This latent space distribution matching is a core component in WAE, and is in itself a challenging task. In this paper, we propose to use the contrastive learning framework that has been shown to be effective for self-supervised representation learning, as a means to resolve this problem. We do so by exploiting the fact that contrastive learning objectives optimize the latent space distribution to be uniform over the unit hyper-sphere, which can be easily sampled from. This results in a simple and scalable algorithm that avoids many of the optimization challenges of existing generative models, while retaining the advantage of efficient sampling. Quantitatively, we show that our algorithm achieves a new state-of-the-art FID of 54.36 on CIFAR-10, and performs competitively with existing models on CelebA in terms of FID score. We also show qualitative results on CelebA-HQ in addition to these datasets, confirming that our algorithm can generate realistic images at multiple resolutions.

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