Generative Compression

Abstract

Traditional image and video compression algorithms rely on hand-crafted encoder/decoder pairs (codecs) that lack adaptability and are agnostic to the data being compressed. Here we describe the concept of generative compression, the compression of data using generative models, and suggest that it is a direction worth pursuing to produce more accurate and visually pleasing reconstructions at much deeper compression levels for both image and video data. We also demonstrate that generative compression is orders-of-magnitude more resilient to bit error rates (e.g. from noisy wireless channels) than traditional variable-length coding schemes.

Cite this paper

@article{Santurkar2017GenerativeC, title={Generative Compression}, author={Shibani Santurkar and David Budden and Nir Shavit}, journal={CoRR}, year={2017}, volume={abs/1703.01467} }