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Passing Expectation Propagation Messages with Kernel Methods
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  • Authors:
    Jitkrittum W, Gretton A, Heess N
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  • Keywords:
    stat.ML, stat.ML, cs.LG
  • Notes:
    Accepted to Advances in Variational Inference, NIPS 2014 Workshop
We propose to learn a kernel-based message operator which takes as input all expectation propagation (EP) incoming messages to a factor node and produces an outgoing message. In ordinary EP, computing an outgoing message involves estimating a multivariate integral which may not have an analytic expression. Learning such an operator allows one to bypass the expensive computation of the integral during inference by directly mapping all incoming messages into an outgoing message. The operator can be learned from training data (examples of input and output messages) which allows automated inference to be made on any kind of factor that can be sampled.
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