VirtualGAN: Reducing Mode Collapse in Generative Adversarial Networks Using Virtual Mapping

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PubDate: September 2021

Teams: McGill University

Writers: Adel Abusitta; Omar Abdel Wahab; Benjamin C. M. Fung

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Abstract

This paper introduces a new framework for reducing mode collapse in Generative adversarial networks (GANs). The problem occurs when the generator learns to map several various input values (z) to the same output value, which makes the generator fail to capture all modes of the true data distribution. As a result, the diversity of synthetically produced data is lower than that of the real data. To address this problem, we propose a new and simple framework for training GANs based on the concept of virtual mapping. Our framework integrates two processes into GANs: merge and split. The merge process merges multiple data points (samples) into one before training the discriminator. In this way, the generator would be trained to capture the merged-data distribution rather than the (unmerged) data distribution. After the training, the split process is applied to the generator’s output in order to split its contents and produce diverse modes. The proposed framework increases the chance of capturing diverse modes through enabling an indirect or virtual mapping between an input z value and multiple data points. This, in turn, enhances the chance of generating more diverse modes. Our results show the effectiveness of our framework compared to the existing approaches in terms of reducing the mode collapse problem.

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