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Why don't people use nonlinear activation functions after projecting the query key value in attention?

It seems like doing this would lead to much-needed nonlinearity, otherwise, we're just doing linear transformations.

This observation applies to the transformer, additive attention, etc.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if I got your question right, for the attention model where exactly would you place the non-linearity? Looking at Graph Attention Networks by Petar Velickovic, they do apply an activation function in eq. 5. $\endgroup$ – razvanc92 May 3 at 7:21
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    $\begingroup$ Can you provide an example of someone not using nonlinear activations in their attention? $\endgroup$ – Philip Raeisghasem May 4 at 21:53

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