### Variational Auto-Encoders

My post about Auto-encoder.

For Variational Auto-Encoders (VAE) (from paper Auto-Encoding Variational Bayes), we actually add latent variables to the existing Autoencoders. The main idea is, we want to restrict the parameters from a known distribution. Why we want this? We wish the generative model to provide more “creative” things. If the model only sees the trained samples, it will eventually lose the ability to “create” more! So we add some “noises” to the parameters by forcing the parameters to adapt to a known distribution.

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