Improving GANs using optimal transport

Tim Salimans, Dimitris Metaxas, Han Zhang, Alec Radford

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We present Optimal Transport GAN (OT-GAN), a variant of generative adversarial nets minimizing a new metric measuring the distance between the generator distribution and the data distribution. This metric, which we call mini-batch energy distance, combines optimal transport in primal form with an energy distance defined in an adversarially learned feature space, resulting in a highly discriminative distance function with unbiased mini-batch gradients. Experimentally we show OT-GAN to be highly stable when trained with large mini-batches, and we present state-of-the-art results on several popular benchmark problems for image generation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event6th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Apr 30 2018May 3 2018


Conference6th International Conference on Learning Representations, ICLR 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language


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