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Author Frey, Brendan J.
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description Latent random variables can be useful for modelling covariance relationships between observed variables. The choice of whether specific latent variables ought to be continuous or discrete is often an arbitrary one. In a previous paper, I presented a "unit" that could adapt to be continuous or binary, as appropriate for the current problem, and showed how a Markov chain Monte Carlo method could be used for inference and parameter estimation in Bayesian networks of these units. In this paper, I develop a variational inference technique in the hope that it will prove to be more computationally efficient than Monte Carlo methods. After presenting promising inference results on a toy problem, I discuss why the variational technique does not work well for parameter estimation as compared to Monte Carlo.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-01-01
Publisher Institution In Sixth International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics