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An Introduction to Variational Autoencoders

Diederik P. Kingma, Google, USA, durk@google.com Max Welling, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Qualcomm, USA, mwelling@qti.qualcomm.com
 
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Diederik P. Kingma and Max Welling (2019), "An Introduction to Variational Autoencoders", Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Machine Learning: Vol. 12: No. 4, pp 307-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/2200000056

Publication Date: 28 Nov 2019
© 2019 D. P. Kingma and M. Welling
 
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In this article:
1. Introduction
2. Variational Autoencoders
3. Beyond Gaussian Posteriors
4. Deeper Generative Models
5. Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Appendices
References

Abstract

Variational autoencoders provide a principled framework for learning deep latent-variable models and corresponding inference models. In this work, we provide an introduction to variational autoencoders and some important extensions.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Variational Autoencoders
3. Beyond Gaussian Posteriors
4. Deeper Generative Models
5. Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Appendices
References

An Introduction to Variational Autoencoders

In this monograph, the authors present an introduction to the framework of variational autoencoders (VAEs) that provides a principled method for jointly learning deep latent-variable models and corresponding inference models using stochastic gradient descent. The framework has a wide array of applications from generative modeling, semi-supervised learning to representation learning.

The authors expand earlier work and provide the reader with the fine detail on the important topics giving deep insight into the subject for the expert and student alike. Written in a survey-like nature the text serves as a review for those wishing to quickly deepen their knowledge of the topic.

An Introduction to Variational Autoencoders provides a quick summary for the of a topic that has become an important tool in modern-day deep learning techniques.

 
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