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Deconvolution and Checkerboard Artifacts

  • Augustus Odena
  • Vincent Dumoulin
  • Chris Olah
Distill (2016)


When we look very closely at images generated by neural networks, we often see a strange checkerboard pattern of artifacts. These artifacts appear to be caused by deconvolutions. We demonstrate that replacing deconvolution with a "resize-convolution" causes these artifacts to disappear in a variety of contexts.

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