Exploring Compositional Visual Generation with Latent Classifier Guidance

Publication Date: 6/18/2023

Event: CVPR 2023 – Generative Models for Computer Vision Workshop

Reference: pp. 853-862, 2023

Authors: Changhao Shi, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., University of California, San Diego; Haomiao Ni, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University; Kai Li, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Shaobo Han, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Mingfu Liang, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., Northwestern University; Martin Renqiang Min, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.

Abstract: Diffusion probabilistic models have achieved enormous success in the field of image generation and manipulation. In this paper, we explore a novel paradigm of using the diffusion model and classifier guidance in the latent semantic space for compositional visual tasks. Specifically, we train latent diffusion models and auxiliary latent classifiers to facilitate non-linear navigation of latent representation generation for any pre-trained generative model with a semantic latent space. We demonstrate that such conditional generation achieved by latent classifier guidance provably maximizes a lower bound of the conditional log probability during training. To maintain the original semantics during manipulation, we introduce a new guidance term, which we show is crucial for achieving compositionality. With additional assumptions, we show that the non-linear manipulation reduces to a simple latent arithmetic approach. We show that this paradigm based on latent classifier guidance is agnostic to pre-trained generative models, and present competitive results for both image generation and sequential manipulation of real and synthetic images. Our findings suggest that latent classifier guidance is a promising approach that merits further exploration, even in the presence of other strong competing methods.

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