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Optimal Budgeted Rejection Sampling for Generative Models

Alexandre VĂ©rine · Muni Sreenivas Pydi · Benjamin Negrevergne · Yann Chevaleyre

MR1 & MR2 - Number 100
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Sat 4 May 6 a.m. PDT — 8:30 a.m. PDT

Abstract: Rejection sampling methods have recently been proposed to improve the performance of discriminator-based generative models. However, these methods are only optimal under an unlimited sampling budget, and are usually applied to a generator trained independently of the rejection procedure. We first propose an Optimal Budgeted Rejection Sampling (OBRS) scheme that is provably optimal with respect to \textit{any} $f$-divergence between the true distribution and the post-rejection distribution, for a given sampling budget. Second, we propose an end-to-end method that incorporates the sampling scheme into the training procedure to further enhance the model's overall performance. Through experiments and supporting theory, we show that the proposed methods are effective in significantly improving the quality and diversity of the samples.

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