Probabilistic Recurrent State-Space Models


Andreas Doerr, Christian Daniel, Martin Schiegg, Nguyen-Tuong Duy, Stefan Schaal, Marc Toussaint, Trimpe Sebastian ;
Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 80:1280-1289, 2018.


State-space models (SSMs) are a highly expressive model class for learning patterns in time series data and for system identification. Deterministic versions of SSMs (e.g., LSTMs) proved extremely successful in modeling complex time series data. Fully probabilistic SSMs, however, are often found hard to train, even for smaller problems. We propose a novel model formulation and a scalable training algorithm based on doubly stochastic variational inference and Gaussian processes. This combination allows efficient incorporation of latent state temporal correlations, which we found to be key to robust training. The effectiveness of the proposed PR-SSM is evaluated on a set of real-world benchmark datasets in comparison to state-of-the-art probabilistic model learning methods. Scalability and robustness are demonstrated on a high dimensional problem.

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