Research papers and code for "Ali Siahkamari":
Metric learning is the problem of learning a task-specific distance function given supervision. Classical linear methods for this problem (known as Mahalanobis metric learning approaches) are well-studied both theoretically and empirically, but are limited to Euclidean distances after learned linear transformations of the input space. In this paper, we consider learning a Bregman divergence, a rich and important class of divergences that includes Mahalanobis metrics as a special case but also includes the KL-divergence and others. We develop a formulation and algorithm for learning arbitrary Bregman divergences based on approximating their underlying convex generating function via a piecewise linear function. We show several theoretical results of our resulting model, including a PAC guarantee that the learned Bregman divergence approximates an arbitrary Bregman divergence with error O_p (m^(-1/(d+2))), where m is the number of training points and d is the dimension of the data. We provide empirical results on using the learned divergences for classification, semi-supervised clustering, and ranking problems.

* 18 pages, 3 figures
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Existing automatic music generation approaches that feature deep learning can be broadly classified into two types: raw audio models and symbolic models. Symbolic models, which train and generate at the note level, are currently the more prevalent approach; these models can capture long-range dependencies of melodic structure, but fail to grasp the nuances and richness of raw audio generations. Raw audio models, such as DeepMind's WaveNet, train directly on sampled audio waveforms, allowing them to produce realistic-sounding, albeit unstructured music. In this paper, we propose an automatic music generation methodology combining both of these approaches to create structured, realistic-sounding compositions. We consider a Long Short Term Memory network to learn the melodic structure of different styles of music, and then use the unique symbolic generations from this model as a conditioning input to a WaveNet-based raw audio generator, creating a model for automatic, novel music. We then evaluate this approach by showcasing results of this work.

* Presented at the ISMIR 2018 Conference
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