Matrix Variate RBM Model with Gaussian Distributions

Research paper by Simeng Liu, Yanfeng Sun, Yongli Hu, Junbin Gao, Baocai Yin

Indexed on: 20 Sep '16Published on: 20 Sep '16Published in: arXiv - Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


Restricted Boltzmann Machine (RBM) is a particular type of random neural network models modeling vector data based on the assumption of Bernoulli distribution. For multi-dimensional and non-binary data, it is necessary to vectorize and discretize the information in order to apply the conventional RBM. It is well-known that vectorization would destroy internal structure of data, and the binary units will limit the applying performance due to fickle real data. To address the issue, this paper proposes a Matrix variate Gaussian Restricted Boltzmann Machine (MVGRBM) model for matrix data whose entries follow Gaussian distributions. Compared with some other RBM algorithm, MVGRBM can model real value data better and it has good performance in image classification.