Wavelet-Packet Powered Deepfake Image Detection

Modern neural networks generate realistic artificial images and audio. This development will allow us to create movies, music and audio effects never seen before. Yet at the same time, the new technology may enable new digital ways to lie.

In response, the need for a diverse and reliable toolbox arises to identify artificial images and other content. This short blog post aims to summarize the main points regarding the use of the wavelet packet transform to identify artificially generated deepfake images. The key observation is that wavelet packet coefficients are distributed differently for real and fake images.

The image above illustrates this. The leftmost column shows a single real image from the Flickr-Faces-HQ data set as well as an artificially generated image for reference. To study the feasibility of wavelet packets for deepfake detection third-degree Haar-Wavelet packet coefficients are computed for 5k real and fake images using the PyTorch-Wavelet-Toolbox. Comparing the mean coefficients in the center as well as their standard distribution, we notice differences especially as the frequency increases along the diagonal. The standard deviation is significantly different in the background parts of the images across the board. The differences suggest a possibility to separate real from fake based on the wavelet packet coefficients.

A first experiment explores the separability of images from the Flicker-Faces-HQ dataset as well as style-gan generated images. Working with 63k 128 by 128 images from each source the task is to identify the origin of an image.

The plot above shows the convergence of a classifier trained to identify the source of an image. The wavelet packets allow the classifier to converge faster with performance improvements during all stages of the training.

If you would like to find out more the source code as well as a preprint are now freely available online.

Wavelet optimization for Network compression

Wavelets are uncommon in machine learning, systems with learnable wavelets, in particular, are rare. Promising applications of wavelets in neural networks exist. Adaptive wavelets for network compression are explored in the new paper ‘Neural network compression via learnable wavelet transforms‘. By defining new wavelet loss terms based on the product filter approach to wavelet design, the wavelets become part of the network architecture. They can be learned just like any other weights. Source code implementing wavelet optimization in PyTorch is available on Github.

Video Prediction à la Fourier

Video frame prediction is a very challenging problem. Many recent neural network based solution-attempts trained using a mean squared error lead to blurry predictions. My most recent paper currently under review proposes to use Phase correlation and the Fourier-Shift theorem estimate changes and transform current images into predictions. A demo is shown below. The video shows ground truth (left), shift prediction (middle) and an off the shelf GRU prediction (right).

Source code is available on github .

A more detailed description is available in the paper .

Complex Recurrent Neural Nets

The paper Complex gated recurrent neural networks explores machine learning in the complex domain. For gradient descent to work the functions involved must be differentiable. In the complex domain holomorphic functions, which satisfy the Cauchy-Riemann partial differential equations are differentiable. Finding functions which fulfill this requirement and are useful for machine learning tasks is very difficult. In practice split differentiable complex functions are used which are real differentiable in the real and complex parts. This is true for the two most popular complex activation functions the ModRelu and the Hirose non-linearites shown below:

Modern RNNs rely on gating equations for memory management. Typically the gates produce values between zero and one, where one means that a value will be stored in the memory cell and zero that it will be removed. In the complex domain this behavior can be reproduced by using mappings from C to R, in particular a weighted average of the real and imaginary parts can be fed into a sigmoid non-linearity.

Using the split differentiable approach with a hirose activation and C to R gates its possible to define complex memory cells. The plot below tests their performance on the synthetic memory and adding benchmark problems.

In short it can be observed that the complex gated cell can solve both the memory as well as the adding problem, when it combines the complex orthogonal structures from uRNNs with a gating mechanism similar to classic RNNs. For a more detailed discussion please take a look at the full paper

Below a complex memory unit solving the human motion prediction problem can be seen in action:

A complex gru cell solving the human motion prediction problem.

The code for this project is available on Github. I tested the complex memory cell on human motion data using a setting following this repository.

Spectral-RNN

Fourier methods have a long and proven track record as an excellent tool in data processing. Integrating Fourier methods into complex recurrent neural network architectures is therefore an important goal. I integrated the short-time Fourier transform into a recurrent (complex-valued) network structure. This helps when dealing with hard prediction tasks such as human motion prediction, a demo paper and code are available.

Paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.05645.pdf

Code: https://github.com/v0lta/Spectral-RNN