Incremental Tree-Based Inference with Dependent Normalized Random Measures

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Juho Lee, Seungjin Choi ;
Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 33:558-566, 2014.

Abstract

Normalized random measures (NRMs) form a broad class of discrete random measures that are used as priors for Bayesian nonparametric models. Dependent normalized random measures (DNRMs) introduce dependencies in a set of NRMs, to facilitate the handling of data where the assumption of exchangeability is violated. Various methods have been developed to construct DNRMs; of particular interest is mixed normalized random measures (MNRMs), where DNRM is represented as a mixture of underlying shared normalized random measures. Emphasis in existing works is placed on the construction methods of DNRMs, but there is a little work on efficient inference for DNRMs. In this paper, we present a tree-based inference method for MNRM mixture models, extending Bayesian hierarchical clustering (BHC) which was originally developed as a deterministic approximate inference for Dirichlet process mixture (DPM) models. We also present an incremental inference for MNRM mixture models, building a tree incrementally in the sense that the tree structure is partially updated whenever a new data point comes in. The tree, when constructed in such a way, allows us to efficiently perform tree-consistent MAP inference in MRNM mixture models, determining a most probable tree-consistent partition, as well as to compute a marginal likelihood approximately. Numerical experiments on both synthetic and real-world datasets demonstrate the usefulness of our algorithm, compared to MCMC methods.

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