Radial and Directional Posteriors for Bayesian Deep Learning

  • Changyong Oh Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Kamil Adamczewski Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Mijung Park Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems


We propose a new variational family for Bayesian neural networks. We decompose the variational posterior into two components, where the radial component captures the strength of each neuron in terms of its magnitude; while the directional component captures the statistical dependencies among the weight parameters. The dependencies learned via the directional density provide better modeling performance compared to the widely-used Gaussian mean-field-type variational family. In addition, the strength of input and output neurons learned via our posterior provides a structured way to compress neural networks. Indeed, experiments show that our variational family improves predictive performance and yields compressed networks simultaneously.

AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning