Dependent Normalized Random Measures

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Changyou Chen, Vinayak Rao, Wray Buntine, Yee Whye Teh ;
Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 28(3):969-977, 2013.

Abstract

In this paper we propose two constructions of dependent normalized random measures, a class of nonparametric priors over dependent probability measures. Our constructions, which we call mixed normalized random measures (MNRM) and thinned normalized random measures (TNRM), involve (respectively) weighting and thinning parts of a shared underlying Poisson process before combining them together. We show that both MNRM and TNRM are marginally normalized random measures, resulting in well understood theoretical properties. We develop marginal and slice samplers for both models, the latter necessary for inference in TNRM. In time-varying topic modelling experiments, both models exhibit superior performance over related dependent models such as the hierarchical Dirichlet process and the spatial normalized Gamma process.

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