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PixelSNAIL: An Improved Autoregressive Generative Model
Xi Chen · Nikhil Mishra · Mostafa Rohaninejad · Pieter Abbeel

Thu Jul 12 09:15 AM -- 12:00 PM (PDT) @ Hall B #169
Autoregressive generative models achieve the best results in density estimation tasks involving high dimensional data, such as images or audio. They pose density estimation as a sequence modeling task, where a recurrent neural network (RNN) models the conditional distribution over the next element conditioned on all previous elements. In this paradigm, the bottleneck is the extent to which the RNN can model long-range dependencies, and the most successful approaches rely on causal convolutions. Taking inspiration from recent work in meta reinforcement learning, where dealing with long-range dependencies is also essential, we introduce a new generative model architecture that combines causal convolutions with self attention. In this paper, we describe the resulting model and present state-of-the-art log-likelihood results on heavily benchmarked datasets: CIFAR-10, $32 \times 32$ ImageNet and $64 \times 64$ ImageNet. Our implementation will be made available at \url{https://github.com/neocxi/pixelsnail-public}.

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Xi Chen (covariant.ai)
Nikhil Mishra
Mostafa Rohaninejad
Pieter Abbeel (OpenAI / UC Berkeley)

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