Structured Output Learning with Conditional Generative Flows


  • You Lu Virginia Tech
  • Bert Huang Virginia Tech



Traditional structured prediction models try to learn the conditional likelihood, i.e., p(y|x), to capture the relationship between the structured output y and the input features x. For many models, computing the likelihood is intractable. These models are therefore hard to train, requiring the use of surrogate objectives or variational inference to approximate likelihood. In this paper, we propose conditional Glow (c-Glow), a conditional generative flow for structured output learning. C-Glow benefits from the ability of flow-based models to compute p(y|x exactly and efficiently. Learning with c-Glow does not require a surrogate objective or performing inference during training. Once trained, we can directly and efficiently generate conditional samples. We develop a sample-based prediction method, which can use this advantage to do efficient and effective inference. In our experiments, we test c-Glow on five different tasks. C-Glow outperforms the state-of-the-art baselines in some tasks and predicts comparable outputs in the other tasks. The results show that c-Glow is versatile and is applicable to many different structured prediction problems.




How to Cite

Lu, Y., & Huang, B. (2020). Structured Output Learning with Conditional Generative Flows. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(04), 5005-5012.



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning