PriorGAN: Real Data Prior for Generative Adversarial Nets

30 Jun 2020  ·  Shuyang Gu, Jianmin Bao, Dong Chen, Fang Wen ·

Generative adversarial networks (GANs) have achieved rapid progress in learning rich data distributions. However, we argue about two main issues in existing techniques. First, the low quality problem where the learned distribution has massive low quality samples. Second, the missing modes problem where the learned distribution misses some certain regions of the real data distribution. To address these two issues, we propose a novel prior that captures the whole real data distribution for GANs, which are called PriorGANs. To be specific, we adopt a simple yet elegant Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) to build an explicit probability distribution on the feature level for the whole real data. By maximizing the probability of generated data, we can push the low quality samples to high quality. Meanwhile, equipped with the prior, we can estimate the missing modes in the learned distribution and design a sampling strategy on the real data to solve the problem. The proposed real data prior can generalize to various training settings of GANs, such as LSGAN, WGAN-GP, SNGAN, and even the StyleGAN. Our experiments demonstrate that PriorGANs outperform the state-of-the-art on the CIFAR-10, FFHQ, LSUN-cat, and LSUN-bird datasets by large margins.

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