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Suárez-Serrato, P.


Turing approximations, toric isometric embeddings & manifold convolutions

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Convolutions are fundamental elements in deep learning architectures. Here, we present a theoretical framework for combining extrinsic and intrinsic approaches to manifold convolution through isometric embeddings into tori. In this way, we define a convolution operator for a manifold of arbitrary topology and dimension. We also explain geometric and topological conditions that make some local definitions of convolutions which rely on translating filters along geodesic paths on a manifold, computationally intractable. A result of Alan Turing from 1938 underscores the need for such a toric isometric embedding approach to achieve a global definition of convolution on computable, finite metric space approximations to a smooth manifold.