A Change of Variables Method For Rectangular Matrix-Vector Products

Edmond Cunningham · Madalina Fiterau

Keywords: [ Probabilistic Methods ] [ Density Estimation ]

[ Abstract ]
Wed 14 Apr 12:45 p.m. PDT — 2:45 p.m. PDT


Rectangular matrix-vector products (MVPs) are used extensively throughout machine learning and are fundamental to neural networks such as multi-layer perceptrons. However, the use of rectangular MVPs in successive normalizing flow transformations is notably missing. This paper identifies this methodological gap and plugs it with a tall and wide MVP change of variables formula. Our theory builds up to a practical algorithm that envelops existing dimensionality increasing flow methods such as augmented flows. We show that tall MVPs are closely related to the stochastic inverse of wide MVPs and empirically demonstrate that they improve density estimation over existing dimension changing methods.

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