How the AEGAN architecture stabilizes GAN training and prevents mode collapse

GANs are hard to train. When they work, they work wonders, but anyone who’s tried to train one themselves knows they’re damn finicky bastards. Two of the most common problems in GAN training are mode collapse and lack of convergence. In mode collapse, the generator learns to only generate a…

and other dead-giveaways that you’re a fake data scientist

These days it seems like everyone and their dog are marketing themselves as data scientists—and you can hardly blame them, with “data scientist” being declared the Sexiest Job of the Century and carrying the salary to boot. Still, blame them we will, since many of these posers grift their way…

Visualizing how GANs learn in low-dimensional latent spaces

Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are a tool for generating new, “fake” samples given a set of old, “real” samples. These samples can be practically anything: hand-drawn digits, photographs of faces, expressionist paintings, you name it. To do this, GANs learn the underlying distribution behind the original dataset. Throughout training, the…

How GANs tie themselves in knots and why that impairs both training and quality

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Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are being hailed as the Next Big Thing™️ in generative art, and with good reason. New technology has always been a driving factor in art — from the invention of paints to the…

Visualizing the Very Basics of Generative Adversarial Networks

In the original Generative Adversarial Network paper, Ian Goodfellow describes a simple GAN which, when trained, is able to generate samples indiscernible from those sampled from the normal distribution. This process is illustrated here:

The simplest solution for this task is for the GAN to approximate the inverse CDF of…

Conor Lazarou

Data science and ML consultant, generative artist, writer.

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