Polynomial-Time Exact Inference in NP-Hard Binary MRFs via Reweighted Perfect Matching


Nic Schraudolph ;
Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 9:717-724, 2010.


We develop a new form of reweighting (Wainwright et al., 2005) to leverage the relationship between Ising spin glasses and perfect matchings into a novel technique for the exact computation of MAP states in hitherto intractable binary Markov random fields. Our method solves an n by n lattice with external field and random couplings much faster, and for larger n, than the best competing algorithms. It empirically scales as O(n³) even though this problem is NP-hard and non-approximable in polynomial time. We discuss limitations of our current implementation and propose ways to overcome them.

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