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Autoencoders are a type of neural network that learns a useful encoding for data in an unsupervised manner.

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Transform an Autoencoder to a Variational Autoencoder?

I would like to compare the training by an Autoencoder and a variational autoencoder. I have already run the traing using AE. I would like to know if it's possible to transform this AE into a VAE and ...
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What is "posterior collapse" phenomenon?

I was going through this paper on Towards Text Generation with Adversarially Learned Neural Outlines and it states why the VAEs are hard to train for text generation due to this problem. The paper ...
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Why are autoencoders for dimension reduction symmetrical?

I'm not an expert in autoencoders or neural networks by any means, so forgive me if this is a silly question. For the purpose of dimension reduction or visualizing clusters in high dimensional data, ...
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Variational auto-encoders (VAE): why the random sample?

Why do people train variational auto-encoders (VAE) to encode means and variances (regularised towards 0 and 1), and then sample a random Gaussian, rather that simply encode latent vectors and ...