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VAEs
Some good disentangled VAE implementations are here and more general VAE implementations are here. Tensorflow implementations available here
The goal is to obtain a nice latent representation $\mathbf z$ for our inputs $\mathbf x$. To do this, we learn parameters $\phi$ for the encoder $p_\phi( \mathbf z\vert \mathbf x)$ and $\theta$ for the decoder $q_{\mathbf \theta} ( \mathbf x\vert \mathbf z)$. We do this with the standard vae setup, whereby a code $z$ is sampled, using the output of the encoder (intro to VAEs here).
disentangled vae losses
reconstruction loss  compactness prior loss  total correlation loss 

encourages accurate reconstruction of the input  encourages points to be compactly placed in space  encourages latent variables to be independent 
 summarizing the losses
 reconstruction loss  measures the quality of the reconstruction, the form of the loss changes based on the assumed distribution of the likelihood of each pixel
 binary cross entropy loss  corresopnds to bernoulli distr., most common  doesn’t penalize (0.1, 0.2) and (0.4, 0.5) the same way, which might be problematic
 mse loss  gaussian distr.  tends to focus on a fex pixels that are very wrong
 l1 loss  laplace distr.
 compactness prior loss
 doesn’t use the extra injected latent noise
 tries to push all the points to the same place
 emphasises smoothness of z, using as few dimensions of z as possible, and the main axes of z to capture most of the data variability
 usually assume prior is standard normal, resulting in pushing the code means to 0 and code variance to 1
 we can again split this term $\sum_i \underbrace{\text{KL} \left(p_\phi( \mathbf z_i\vert \mathbf x):\vert\vert:prior(\mathbf z_i) \right)}{\text{compactness prior loss}} = \underbrace{\sum_i I(x; z)}{\text{mutual info}} + \underbrace{\text{KL} \left(p_\phi( \mathbf z_i):\vert\vert:prior(\mathbf z_i) \right)}_{\text{factorial prior loss}}$
 total correlation loss  encourages factors to be independent
 measures dependence between marginals of the latent vars
 intractable (requires pass through the whole dset)
 instead sample $dec_\phi(\mathbf z\vert \mathbf x)$ and create $\prod_j dec_\phi( \mathbf z_i\vert \mathbf x) $ by permuting across the batch dimension
 now, calculate the kl with the densityratio trick  train a classifier to approximate the ratio from these terms
 reconstruction loss  measures the quality of the reconstruction, the form of the loss changes based on the assumed distribution of the likelihood of each pixel
disentangled vae in code
# Reconstruction + KL divergence losses summed over all elements and batch
def loss_function(x_reconstructed, x, mu, logvar, beta=1):
'''
Params

x_reconstructed: torch.Tensor
Reconstructed input, with values between 01
x: torch.Tensor
input, values unrestricted
'''
# reconstruction loss (assuming bernoulli distr.)
# BCE = sum_i [x_rec_i * log(x_i) + (1  x_rec_i) * log(1x_i)]
rec_loss = F.binary_cross_entropy(x_reconstructed, x, reduction='sum')
# compactness prior loss
# 0.5 * sum(1 + log(sigma^2)  mu^2  sigma^2)
KLD = 0.5 * torch.sum(1 + logvar  mu.pow(2)  logvar.exp())
# total correlation loss (calculate tcvae way)
z_sample = mu + torch.randn_like(exp(0.5 * logvar))
log_pz, log_qz, log_prod_qzi, log_q_zCx = func(z_sample, mu, logvar)
# I[z;x] = KL[q(z,x)\vert\vertq(x)q(z)] = E_x[KL[q(z\vertx)\vert\vertq(z)]]
mi_loss = (log_q_zCx  log_qz).mean()
# TC[z] = KL[q(z)\vert\vert\prod_i z_i]
tc_loss = (log_qz  log_prod_qzi).mean()
# dw_kl_loss is KL[q(z)\vert\vertp(z)] instead of usual KL[q(z\vertx)\vert\vertp(z))]
dw_kl_loss = (log_prod_qzi  log_pz).mean()
return rec_loss + beta * KLD
vaes for interpretation
 icam (bass et al. 2020)  learn disentangled repr using vae with adv loss to make repr classrelevant
 vagan (baumgartner et al. 2018)  interpret features in GAN space
various vaes
 vae (kingma & welling, 2013)
 betavae (higgins et al. 2017)  add hyperparameter $\beta$ to weight the compactness prior term
 betavae H (burgess et al. 2018)  add parameter $C$ to control the contribution of the compactness prior term
 $\overbrace{\mathbb E_{p_\phi(\mathbf z\vert \mathbf x)}}^{\text{samples}} [ \underbrace{\log q_{\mathbf \theta} ( \mathbf x\vert \mathbf z)}{\text{reconstruction loss}} ] + \textcolor{teal}{\beta}\; \vert\sum_i \underbrace{\text{KL} \left(p\phi( \mathbf z_i\vert \mathbf x):\vert\vert:prior(\mathbf z_i) \right)}_{\text{compactness prior loss}} C\vert$
 C is gradually increased from zero (allowing for a larger compactness prior loss) until good quality reconstruction is achieved
 factorvae (kim & minh 2018)  adds total correlation loss term
 computes total correlation loss term using discriminator (can we discriminate between the samples when we shuffle over the batch dimension or not?)
 betaTCVAE = betatotalcorrelation VAE (chen et al. 2018)  same objective but computed without need for discriminator
 use minibatchweighted sampling to compute each of the 3 terms that make up the original VAE compactness prior loss
 main idea is to better approximate $q(z)$ by weighting samples appropriately  biased, but easier to compute
 Interpretable VAEs for nonlinear group factor analysis
 Wasserstein AutoEncoders (tolstikhin et al.)  removes the mutual info part of the loss
 wasserstein distance = earthmovers distance, how far apart are 2 distrs
 minimizes wasserstein distance + penalty which is similar to autoencoding penalty, without the mutual info term
 another intuition: rather than map each point to a ball (since VAE adds noise to each latent repr), we only constraint the overall distr of Z, potentially making reconstructions less blurry (but potentially making latent space less smooth)
 Adversarial Latent Autoencoder (pidhorskyi et al. 2020)
 improve quality of generated VAE reconstructions by using a different setup which allows for using a GAN loss
 Variational Autoencoders Pursue PCA Directions (by Accident)
 local orthogonality of the embedding transformation
 prior $p(z)$ is standard normal, so encoder is assumed to be Gaussian with a certain mean, and diagonal covariance
 disentanglement is sensitive to rotations of the latent embeddings but reconstruction err doesn’t care
 for linear autoencoder w/ squareerror as reconstruction loss, we recover PCA decomp
 Disentangling Disentanglement in Variational Autoencoders (2019)
 independence can be too simplistic, instead 2 things:
 the latent encodings of data having an appropriate level of overlap
 keeps encodings from just being a lookup table
 when encoder is unimodal, $I(x; z)$ gives us a good handle on this
 prior structure on the latents (e.g. independence, sparsity)
 the latent encodings of data having an appropriate level of overlap
 to trade these off, can penalize divergence between $q_\phi(z)$ and $p(z)$
 nonisotropic priors  isotropic priors are only good up to rotation in the latent space
 by chossing a nonisotropic prior (e.g. nonisotropic gaussian), can learn certain directions more easily
 sparse prior  can help do clustering
 independence can be too simplistic, instead 2 things:
 VAESNE: a deep generative model for simultaneous dimensionality reduction and clustering (graving & couzin 2020)  reduce dims + cluster without specifying number of clusters
 stochastic neighbor regularizer that optimizes pairwise similarity kernels between original and latent distrs. to strengthen local neighborhood preservation
 can use different neighbor kernels, e.g. tSNE similarity (van der Maaten & Hinton, 2008) or Gaussian SNE kernel (Hinton & Roweis, 2003)
 perplexity annealing technique (Kobak and Berens, 2019)  decay the size of local neighborhoods during training (helps to preserve structure at multiple scales)
 Gaussian mixture prior for learning latent distr. (with very large number of clusters)
 at the end, merge clusters using a sparse watershed (see todd et al. 2017)
 extensive evaluation  test several datasets / methods and evaluate how well the first 2 dimensions preserve the following:
 global  correlation between pairwise distances in orig/latent spaces
 local  both metric (distance or radiusbased) and topological (neighborbased) neighborhoods which are 1% of total embedding size
 finescale  neighborhoods which are <1% of total embedding size
 temporal info (for timeseries data only)  correlation between latent and original temporal derivatives
 likelihood on outofsample data
 further advancements
 embed into polar coordinates (rather than Euclidean) helps a lot
 convolutional VAESNE  extract features from images using some pretrained net and then run VAESNE on these features
 background: earlier works also used SNE objective for regularization  starts with van der Maaten 2009 (parametric tSNE)
 future work: densitypreserving versions of tSNE, modeling hierarchical structure in vae, conditional tSNE kernel
 stochastic neighbor regularizer that optimizes pairwise similarity kernels between original and latent distrs. to strengthen local neighborhood preservation
 A Survey of Inductive Biases for Factorial RepresentationLearning (ridgeway 2016)
 desiderata
 compact
 faithful  preserve info required for task
 explicitly represent the attributes required for the task at hand
 interpretable by humans
 factorial representation  attributes are statistically independent and can provide a userful bias for learning
 “compete”  factors are more orthogonal
 “cooperate”  factors are more similar
 bias on distribution of factors
 PCA  minimize reconstruction err. subject to orthogonal weights
 ICA  maximize nonGaussianity (can also have sparse ICA)
 bias on factors being invariant to certain types of changes
 ISA (independent subspace analysis)  2 layer model where first layer is linear, 2nd layer pools first layer (not maxpool, more like avgpool), sparsity at second layer
 i.e. 1st layer cooperates, 2nd layer competes
 VQ  vector quantizer  like ISA but first layer filters now compete and 2nd layer cooperates
 SOM  encourages topographic map by enforcing nearby filters to be similar
 ISA (independent subspace analysis)  2 layer model where first layer is linear, 2nd layer pools first layer (not maxpool, more like avgpool), sparsity at second layer
 bias in how factors are combined
 linear combination  PCA/ICA
 multilinear models  multiplicative interactions between factors (e.g on top of ISA)
 functional parts  factor components are combined to construct the output
 ex. NMF  parts can only add, not substract to total output
 ex. have each pixel in the output be represented by only one factor in a VQ
 hierarchical layers
 ex. RICA  recursive ICA  run ICA on coefficients from previous layer (after some transformation)
 supervision bias
 constraints on some examples
 e.g. some groups have same value for a factor
 e.g. some examples have similar distances (basis for MDS = multidimensional scaling)
 e.g. analogies between examples
 can do all of these things with autoencoders
 constraints on some examples
 desiderata
 more papers
 infoVAE
 dipVAE
 vqvae  latent var is discrete, prior is learned
 Learning Disentangled Representations with SemiSupervised Deep Generative Models
 specify graph structure for some of the vars and learn the rest
GANs
modelbased (disentangle during training)
 disentangling architectures
 InfoGAN: Interpretable Representation Learning by Information Maximizing Generative Adversarial Nets (chen et al. 2016)
 encourages $I(x; c)$ to be high for a subset of the latent variables $z$
 slightly different than vae  defined under the distribution $p(c) p(x\vert c)$ whereas vae uses $p_{data}(x)enc(z\vert x)$
 mutual info is intractable so optimizes a lower bound
 encourages $I(x; c)$ to be high for a subset of the latent variables $z$
 Stylegan (karras et al. 2018)
 introduced perceptual path length and linear separability to measure the disentanglement property of latent space
 Stylegan2 (karras et al. 2019):
 $\psi$ scales the deviation of w from the average  $\psi=1$ is original, moving towards 0 improves quality but reduces variety
 also has jacobian penalty on mapping from style space $w$ to output image $y$
 InfoGAN: Interpretable Representation Learning by Information Maximizing Generative Adversarial Nets (chen et al. 2016)
 DNAGAN: Learning Disentangled Representations from MultiAttribute Images
 Clustering by Directly Disentangling Latent Space  clustering in the latent space of a gan
 SemiSupervised StyleGAN for Disentanglement Learning  further improvements on StyleGAN using labels in the training data
 The Hessian Penalty: A Weak Prior for Unsupervised Disentanglement (peebles et al. 2020)
 if we perturb a single component of a network’s input, then we would like the change in the output to be independent of the other input components
 minimize offdiagonal entries of Hessian matrix (can be obtained with finite differences)
 smoother + more disentangled + shrinkage in latent space
 Hessian penalty is for a scalar  they define penalty as max penalty over Hessian over all pixels in the generator
 unbiased stochastic estimator for the Hessian penalty (Hutchinson estimator)
 they apply this penalty with $z$ as input, but different intermediate activations as output
posthoc (disentangle after training)
 mapping latent space
 InterFaceGAN: Interpreting the Disentangled Face Representation Learned by GANs (shen et al. 2020)
 Interpreting the Latent Space of GANs for Semantic Face Editing (shen et al. 2020)
 find latent directions for each binary attribute, as directions which separate the classes using linear svm
 validation accuracies in tab 1 are high…much higher for all data (because they have high confidence level on attribute scores maybe)  for PGGAN but not StyleGAN
 intro of this paper gives good survey of how people have studied GAN latent space
 few papers posthoc analyze learned latent repr.
 find latent directions for each binary attribute, as directions which separate the classes using linear svm
 On the “steerability” of generative adversarial networks (jahanian et al. 2020)
 learn to approximate edits to images, such as zooms
 linear walk is as effective as more complex nonlinear walks for learning this
 nonlinear setting  learn a neural network which applies a small perturbation in a specific direction (e.g. zooming)
 to move further in this space, repeatedly apply the function
 learn to approximate edits to images, such as zooms
 A Disentangling Invertible Interpretation Network for Explaining Latent Representations (esser et al. 2020)  map latent space to interpretable space, with invertible neural network
 interpretable space factorizes, so is disentangled
 individual concepts (e.g. color) can use multiple interpretable latent dims
 instead of usersupplied interpretable concepts, user supplies two sketches which demonstrate a change in a concept  these sketches are used w/ style transfer to create data points which describe the concept
 alternatively, with no usersupplied concepts, try to get independent components in unsupervised way
 Disentangling in Latent Space by Harnessing a Pretrained Generator (nitzan et al. 2020)
 learn to map attributes onto latent space of stylegan
 works using two images at a time and 2 encoders
 for each image, predict attributes + identity, then mix the attributes
 results look realy good, but can’t vary one attribute at a time (have to transfer all attributes from the new image)
 ELEGANT: Exchanging Latent Encodings with GAN for Transferring Multiple Face Attributes (xiao et al. 2018)
 trains 2 images at a time  swap an attribute that differs between the images and reconstruct images that have the transferred attribute
 bias
 Towards causal benchmarking of bias in computer vision algorithms (balakrishnan et al. 2020)  use human annotations to disentangle latent space
 synthesis approach can alter multiple attributes at a time to produce gridlike matched samples of images we call transects
 find directions + orthogonalize same as shen et al. 2020
 Detecting Bias with Generative Counterfactual Face Attribute Augmentation (denton et al. 2019)  identify latent dims by training a classifier in the latent space on groundtruth attributes of the training images
 Explaining Classifiers with Causal Concept Effect (CaCE) (goyal et al. 2020)  use vae to disentangle / alter concepts to probe classifier
 Towards causal benchmarking of bias in computer vision algorithms (balakrishnan et al. 2020)  use human annotations to disentangle latent space
 posthoc
 Explanation by Progressive Exaggeration (singla et al. 2019)
 progressively change image to negate the prediction, keeping most features fixed
 want to learn mapping $I(x, \delta)$ which produces realistic image that changes features by $\delta$
 3 losses: data consistency (perturbed samples should look real), prediction changes (perturbed samples should appropriately alter prediction), selfconsistency (applying reverse perturbatino should bring x back to original, and $\delta=0$ should return identity)
 moving finds ways to generate images that do change the wanted attribute (and don’t change the others too much)
 minor
 used human experiments
 limited to binary classification
 progressively change image to negate the prediction, keeping most features fixed

Interpreting Deep Visual Representations via Network Dissection (zhou et al. 2017)
 obtain image attributes for each z (using classifier, not human labels)
 this classifier may put bias back in
 to find directions representing an attribute, train a linear model to predict it from z
 obtain image attributes for each z (using classifier, not human labels)
 GAN Dissection: Visualizing and Understanding Generative Adversarial Networks (bau et al. 2018)  identify group of interpretable units based on segmentation of training images
 find directions which allow for altering the attributes
 GANSpace: Discovering Interpretable GAN Controls  use PCA in the latent space (w for styleGAN, activationspace at a specific layer for BigGAN) to select directions
 Editing in Style: Uncovering the Local Semantics of GANs (collins et al. 2020)  use kmeans on gan activations to find meaningful clusters (with quick human annotation)
 add style transfer using target/source image
 Unsupervised Discovery of Interpretable Directions in the GAN Latent Space  loss function which tries to recover random shifts made to the latent space
 Explanation by Progressive Exaggeration (singla et al. 2019)
misc
 Learning Diverse and Discriminative Representations via the Principle of Maximal Coding Rate Reduction (yu, …, & ma, 2020)
 goal: learn lowdimensional structure from highdim (labeled or unlabeled) data
 approach: instead of crossentropy loss, use maximal coding rate reduction = MCR loss function to learn linear feature space where:
 interclass discriminative  features of samples from different classes/clusters are uncorrelated + different lowdim linear subspaces
 intraclass compressible  features of samples from same class/cluster are correlated (i.e. belong to lowdim linear subspace)
 maximally diverse  dimension (or variance) of features for each class/cluster should be as large as possible as long as uncorrelated from other classes/clusters
 related to nonlinear generalized PCA
 given random variable $z$ and precision $\epsilon$, rate distortion $R(z, \epsilon)$ is minimal number of bits to encode $z$ such that expected decoding err is less than $\epsilon$
 can compute from finite samples
 can compute for each class (diagonal matrices represent class/cluster membership in loss function)
 MCR maximizes (rate distortion for all features)  (rate distortion for all data separated into classes)
 like a generalization of information gain
 evaluation
 with label corruption performs better
 Learned Equivariant Rendering without Transformation Supervision  separate foreground / background using video
(semi)supervised disentanglement
these papers use some form of supervision for the latent space when disentangling
 Semisupervised Disentanglement with Independent Vector Variational Autoencoders
 Learning Disentangled Representations with SemiSupervised Deep Generative Models  put priors on interpretable variables during training and learn the rest
 Weakly Supervised Disentanglement with Guarantees
 prove results on disentanglement for rank pairing
 different types of available supervision
 restricted labeling  given labels for some groundtruth factors (e.g. label “glasses”, “gender” for all images)
 match pairing  given pairs or groups (e.g. these images all have glasses)
 rank pairing  label whether a feature is greater than another (e.g. this image has darker skin tone than this one)
 Weakly Supervised Disentanglement by Pairwise Similarities  use pairwise supervision
evaluating disentanglement
 Challenging Common Assumptions in the Unsupervised Learning of Disentangled Representations (locatello et al. 2019)
 state of disentanglement is very poor…depends a lot on architecture/hyperparameters
 good way to evaluate: make explicit inductive biases, investigate benefits of this disentanglement
 defining disentanglement  compact, interpretable, independent, helpful for downstream tasks, causal inference
 a change in one factor of variation should lead to a change in a single factor in the learned repr.
 unsupervised learning of disentangled reprs. is impossible without inductive biases
 note  vae’s come with reconstruction loss + compactness prior loss which can be looked at on their own

data
 dsprites dataset has known latent factors we try to recover
 betavae disentanglement metric score = higgins metric  see if we can capture known disentangled repr. using pairs of things where only one thing changes
 start with a known generative model that has an observed set of independent and interpretable factors (e.g. scale, color, etc.) that can be used to simulate data.
 create a dataset comprised of pairs of generated data for which a single factor is held constant (e.g. a pair of images which have objects with the same color).
 use the inference network to map each pair of images to a pair of latent variables.
 train a linear classifier to predict which interpretable factor was held constant based on the latent representations. The accuracy of this predictor is the disentanglement metric score.
 Evaluating Disentangled Representations (sepliarskaia et al. 2019)
 defn 1 (Higgins et al., 2017; Kim and Mnih, 2018; Eastwood and Williams, 2018) = factorVAE metric: A disentangled representation is a representation where a change in one latent dimension corresponds to a change in one generative factor while being relatively invariant to changes in other generative factors.
 defn 2 (Locatello et al., 2018; Kumar et al., 2017): A disentangled representation is a representation where a change in a single generative factor leads to a change in a single factor in the learned representation.
 metrics
 DCI: Eastwood and Williams (2018)  informativeness based on predicting gt factors using latent factors
 SAP: Kumar et al. (2017)  how much does top latent factor match gt more than 2nd latent factor
 mutual info gap MIG: Chen et al. 2018  mutual info to compute the same thing
 modularity (ridgeway & mozer, 2018)  if each dimension of r(x) depends on at most a factor of variation using their mutual info
nondeep methods
 unifying vae and nonlinear ica (khemakhem et al. 2020)
 ICA
 maximize nongaussianity of $z$  use kurtosis, negentropy
 minimize mutual info between components of $z$  use KL, max entropyd
 ICA