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Distilling Intractable Generative Models

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProbabilistic Integration Workshop at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference, 2015
Number of pages5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Aug 2015


A generative model’s partition function is typically expressed as an intractable multi-dimensional integral, whose approximation presents a challenge to numerical and Monte Carlo integration. In this work, we propose a new estimation method for intractable partition functions, based on distilling an intractable generative model into a tractable approximation thereof, and using the latter for proposing Monte Carlo samples. We empirically demonstrate that our method -of-the-art estimates, even in combination with simple Monte Carlo methods.

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