Skip to yearly menu bar Skip to main content


Top-k Training of GANs: Improving GAN Performance by Throwing Away Bad Samples

Samarth Sinha · Zhengli Zhao · Anirudh Goyal · Colin A Raffel · Augustus Odena

Poster Session 6 #1875


We introduce a simple (one line of code) modification to the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) training algorithm that materially improves results with no increase in computational cost. When updating the generator parameters, we simply zero out the gradient contributions from the elements of the batch that the critic scores as least realistic'. Through experiments on many different GAN variants, we show that thistop-k update' procedure is a generally applicable improvement. In order to understand the nature of the improvement, we conduct extensive analysis on a simple mixture-of-Gaussians dataset and discover several interesting phenomena. Among these is that, when gradient updates are computed using the worst-scoring batch elements, samples can actually be pushed further away from the their nearest mode. We also apply our method to state-of-the-art GAN models including BigGAN and improve state-of-the-art FID for conditional generation on CIFAR-10 from 9.21 to 8.57.

Chat is not available.