# Problem

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In a paper I am reading now, the author claims

... if some network computes a non-trivial function, and the product of its Schatten $p$-norm (for any $p<\infty$) is bounded, then there must be at least one parameter matrix, which is not far from being rank-1.

Mathematically, this means that if the output of network $N_{\mathbf{W}_{1}^d}(\mathbf{x})$ is not trivial, and $\prod_{i=1}^d\Vert \mathbf{W}_i\Vert_p\leq M$, then there exists $r\in \{1,2,\cdots,d\}$ such that $rank(\mathbf{W}_r)=1$.

However, the authors do not provide *any* proof of this claim. Furthermore, all their following theorems are motivated by this claim.

I am not sure if this is obvious, but could someone help me understand why this claim holds? Thank you in advance.