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Learning Symmetries in Neural Networks

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While the importance of incorporating symmetries into NNs has been well understood for some time, until recently, the standard approach has been to incorporate these inductive biases into the architecture of the neural networks (e.g., CNNs have translation, or even rotation, invariance). Unfortunately, this requires prior knowledge of which symmetries are present in the dataset. To motivate why this might be a problem, consider a model trained to classify digits. If this model is fully rotationally invariant, it cannot distinguish between some 6s and 9s. But, there is certainly some rotation invariance due to natural variations in handwriting. Thus, we need to learn how invariant our classifier should be to rotations. This reading group will explore methods to learn such invariances directly from the data. We will tackle invariance learning in both the supervised and unsupervised settings.

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