A Study of Approximate Inference in Probabilistic Relational Models
; Proceedings of 2nd Asian Conference on Machine Learning, JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings 13:315-330, 2010.
We tackle the problem of approximate inference in Probabilistic Relational Models (PRMs) and propose the Lazy Aggregation Block Gibbs (LABG) algorithm. The LABG algorithm makes use of the inherent relational structure of the ground Bayesian network corresponding to a PRM. We evaluate our approach on artificial and real data and show that it scales well with the size of the data set.