Marginal Densities, Factor Graph Duality, and High-Temperature Series Expansions


Mehdi Molkaraie ;
Proceedings of the Twenty Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 108:256-265, 2020.


We prove that the marginal densities of a global probability mass function in aprimal normal factor graph and the corresponding marginal densities in the dual normal factor graph are related via local mappings. The mapping depends on the Fourier transform of the local factors of the models. Details of the mapping, including its fixed points, are derived for the Ising model, and then extended to the Potts model. By employing the mapping, we can transform simultaneously all the estimated marginal densities from one domain to the other, which is advantageous if estimating the marginals can be carried out more efficiently in the dual domain.An example of particular significance is the ferromagnetic Ising model in a positive external field, for which there is a rapidly mixing Markov chain (called the subgraphs-world process) to generate configurations in the dual normal factor graph of the model. Our numerical experiments illustrate that the proposed procedure can provide more accurate estimates of marginal densities in various settings.

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