Correlated Equilibria for Approximate Variational Inference in MRFs

Luis E. Ortiz, Boshen Wang, Ze Gong
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, PMLR 138:329-340, 2020.

Abstract

Almost all of the work in graphical models for game theory has mirrored previous work in probabilistic graphical models. Our work considers the opposite direction: Taking advantage of advances in equilibrium computation for probabilistic inference. In particular, we present formulations of inference problems in Markov random fields (MRFs) as computation of equilibria in a certain class of game-theoretic graphical models. While some previous work explores this direction, we still lack a more precise connection between variational probabilistic inference in MRFs and correlated equilibria. This paper sharpens the connection, which helps us exploit relatively more recent theoretical and empirical results from the literature on algorithmic and computational game theory on the tractable, polynomial-time computation of exact or approximate correlated equilibria in graphical games with arbitrary, loopy graph structure. Our work discusses how to design new algorithms with equally tractable guarantees for the computation of approximate variational inference in MRFs. In addition, inspired by a previously stated game-theoretic view of tree-reweighted message-passing techniques for belief inference as a zero-sum game, we propose a different, general-sum potential game to design approximate fictitious-play techniques. Empirical evaluations on synthetic experiments and on an application to soft de-noising on real-world image datasets illustrate the performance of our proposed approach and shed some light on the conditions under which the resulting belief inference algorithms may be most effective relative to standard state-of-the-art methods.

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@InProceedings{pmlr-v138-ortiz20a, title = {Correlated Equilibria for Approximate Variational Inference in MRFs}, author = {Ortiz, Luis E. and Wang, Boshen and Gong, Ze}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models}, pages = {329--340}, year = {2020}, editor = {Jaeger, Manfred and Nielsen, Thomas Dyhre}, volume = {138}, series = {Proceedings of Machine Learning Research}, month = {23--25 Sep}, publisher = {PMLR}, pdf = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v138/ortiz20a/ortiz20a.pdf}, url = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v138/ortiz20a.html}, abstract = {Almost all of the work in graphical models for game theory has mirrored previous work in probabilistic graphical models. Our work considers the opposite direction: Taking advantage of advances in equilibrium computation for probabilistic inference. In particular, we present formulations of inference problems in Markov random fields (MRFs) as computation of equilibria in a certain class of game-theoretic graphical models. While some previous work explores this direction, we still lack a more precise connection between variational probabilistic inference in MRFs and correlated equilibria. This paper sharpens the connection, which helps us exploit relatively more recent theoretical and empirical results from the literature on algorithmic and computational game theory on the tractable, polynomial-time computation of exact or approximate correlated equilibria in graphical games with arbitrary, loopy graph structure. Our work discusses how to design new algorithms with equally tractable guarantees for the computation of approximate variational inference in MRFs. In addition, inspired by a previously stated game-theoretic view of tree-reweighted message-passing techniques for belief inference as a zero-sum game, we propose a different, general-sum potential game to design approximate fictitious-play techniques. Empirical evaluations on synthetic experiments and on an application to soft de-noising on real-world image datasets illustrate the performance of our proposed approach and shed some light on the conditions under which the resulting belief inference algorithms may be most effective relative to standard state-of-the-art methods.} }
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%0 Conference Paper %T Correlated Equilibria for Approximate Variational Inference in MRFs %A Luis E. Ortiz %A Boshen Wang %A Ze Gong %B Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models %C Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %D 2020 %E Manfred Jaeger %E Thomas Dyhre Nielsen %F pmlr-v138-ortiz20a %I PMLR %P 329--340 %U http://proceedings.mlr.press/v138/ortiz20a.html %V 138 %X Almost all of the work in graphical models for game theory has mirrored previous work in probabilistic graphical models. Our work considers the opposite direction: Taking advantage of advances in equilibrium computation for probabilistic inference. In particular, we present formulations of inference problems in Markov random fields (MRFs) as computation of equilibria in a certain class of game-theoretic graphical models. While some previous work explores this direction, we still lack a more precise connection between variational probabilistic inference in MRFs and correlated equilibria. This paper sharpens the connection, which helps us exploit relatively more recent theoretical and empirical results from the literature on algorithmic and computational game theory on the tractable, polynomial-time computation of exact or approximate correlated equilibria in graphical games with arbitrary, loopy graph structure. Our work discusses how to design new algorithms with equally tractable guarantees for the computation of approximate variational inference in MRFs. In addition, inspired by a previously stated game-theoretic view of tree-reweighted message-passing techniques for belief inference as a zero-sum game, we propose a different, general-sum potential game to design approximate fictitious-play techniques. Empirical evaluations on synthetic experiments and on an application to soft de-noising on real-world image datasets illustrate the performance of our proposed approach and shed some light on the conditions under which the resulting belief inference algorithms may be most effective relative to standard state-of-the-art methods.
APA
Ortiz, L.E., Wang, B. & Gong, Z.. (2020). Correlated Equilibria for Approximate Variational Inference in MRFs. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, in Proceedings of Machine Learning Research 138:329-340 Available from http://proceedings.mlr.press/v138/ortiz20a.html.

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