A mathematical motivation for complex-valued convolutional networks

Mark Tygert, Joan Bruna Estrach, Soumith Chintala, Yann LeCun, Serkan Piantino, Arthur Szlam

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Abstract

A complex-valued convolutional network (convnet) implements the repeated application of the following composition of three operations, recursively applying the composition to an input vector of nonnegative real numbers: (1) convolution with complex-valued vectors, followed by (2) taking the absolute value of every entry of the resulting vectors, followed by (3) local averaging. For processing real-valued random vectors, complex-valued convnets can be viewed as data-driven multiscale windowed power spectra, data-driven multiscale windowed absolute spectra, data-driven multiwavelet absolute values, or (in their most general configuration) data-driven nonlinear multiwavelet packets. Indeed, complex-valued convnets can calculate multiscale windowed spectra when the convnet filters are windowed complex-valued exponentials. Standard real-valued convnets, using rectified linear units (ReLUs), sigmoidal (e.g., logistic or tanh) nonlinearities, or max pooling, for example, do not obviously exhibit the same exact correspondence with data-driven wavelets (whereas for complex-valued convnets, the correspondence ismuchmore than just a vague analogy). Courtesy of the exact correspondence, the remarkably rich and rigorous body of mathematical analysis for wavelets applies directly to (complex-valued) convnets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-825
Number of pages11
JournalNeural Computation
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Tygert, M., Bruna Estrach, J., Chintala, S., LeCun, Y., Piantino, S., & Szlam, A. (2016). A mathematical motivation for complex-valued convolutional networks. Neural Computation, 28(5), 815-825. https://doi.org/10.1162/NECO_a_00824