What are the differences between autoencoders and t-SNE?

As far as I know, both autoencoders and t-SNE are used for nonlinear dimensionality reduction. What are the differences between them and why should I use one versus another?

Answer

Both of them try to find a lower dimensionality embedding of your data. However, there are different minimization problems. More specifically, an autoencoder tries to minimize the reconstruction error, while t-SNE tries to find a lower dimensional space and at the same time it tries to preserve the neighborhood distances. As a result of this attribute, t-SNE is usually preferred for plots and visualizations.

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