Hierarchical Multiscale Recurrent Neural Networks

Hierarchical Multiscale Recurrent Neural Networks
Junyoung Chung, Sungjin Ahn, Yoshua Bengio
(Submitted on 6 Sep 2016 (v1), last revised 31 Oct 2016 (this version, v3))

Learning both hierarchical and temporal representation has been among the long-standing challenges of recurrent neural networks. Multiscale recurrent neural networks have been considered as a promising approach to resolve this issue, yet there has been a lack of empirical evidence showing that this type of models can actually capture the temporal dependencies by discovering the latent hierarchical structure of the sequence. In this paper, we propose a novel multiscale approach, called the hierarchical multiscale recurrent neural networks, which can capture the latent hierarchical structure in the sequence by encoding the temporal dependencies with different timescales using a novel update mechanism. We show some evidence that our proposed multiscale architecture can discover underlying hierarchical structure in the sequences without using explicit boundary information. We evaluate our proposed model on character-level language modelling and handwriting sequence modelling.

Subjects: Learning (cs.LG)

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