GLSR-VAE: Geodesic Latent Space Regularization for Variational AutoEncoder Architectures [article]

Gaëtan Hadjeres and Frank Nielsen and François Pachet
2017 arXiv   pre-print
VAEs (Variational AutoEncoders) have proved to be powerful in the context of density modeling and have been used in a variety of contexts for creative purposes. In many settings, the data we model possesses continuous attributes that we would like to take into account at generation time. We propose in this paper GLSR-VAE, a Geodesic Latent Space Regularization for the Variational AutoEncoder architecture and its generalizations which allows a fine control on the embedding of the data into the
more » ... tent space. When augmenting the VAE loss with this regularization, changes in the learned latent space reflects changes of the attributes of the data. This deeper understanding of the VAE latent space structure offers the possibility to modulate the attributes of the generated data in a continuous way. We demonstrate its efficiency on a monophonic music generation task where we manage to generate variations of discrete sequences in an intended and playful way.
arXiv:1707.04588v1 fatcat:mrghhxj3sfaajjxtg3z2n23qoq