Tensor Decompositions, X-rank, and Flexible Activation Functions

Konstantin Usevich (Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy) IAM Seminar
August 22, 2022 3:00 pm

This talk will start with an overview of tensor decompositions. For higher-order tensors, there are several generalizations of the matrix rank. I will focus on the so-called tensor rank  (corresponding to the canonical polyadic decompositions, or CPD).

The CPD has several remarkable properties, such as uniqueness and the absence of the best low-rank approximation. These properties also hold true for a larger class of so-called X-rank decompositions.

In the last part of the talk, I will address a particular neural network architecture with flexible activation functions. In particular, I will show why the X-rank decompositions are useful for studying identifiability of such networks and how the CPD-based algorithms can be used for network compression.