Spring 2017

Generalization and Equilibrium in Generative Adversarial Nets (GANs)

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 2:15 pm2:55 pm PDT

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This paper makes progress on several open the- oretical issues related to Generative Adversarial Networks. A definition is provided for what it means for the training to generalize, and it is shown that generalization is not guaranteed for the popular distances between distributions such as Jensen-Shannon or Wasserstein. We intro- duce a new metric called neural net distance for which generalization does occur. We also show that an approximate pure equilibrium in the 2- player game exists for a natural training objective (Wasserstein). Showing such a result has been an open problem (for any training objective).

Finally, the above theoretical ideas lead us to pro- pose a new training protocol, MIX+GAN, which can be combined with any existing method. We present experiments showing that it stabilizes and improves some existing methods.

Joint work with Rong Ge, Yingyu Liang, Tengyu Ma, Yi Zhang.