PACm-Bayes: Narrowing the Empirical Risk Gap in the Misspecified Bayesian Regime
Proceedings of The 25th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 151:8270-8298, 2022.
The Bayesian posterior minimizes the "inferential risk" which itself bounds the "predictive risk." This bound is tight when the likelihood and prior are well-specified. How-ever since misspecification induces a gap,the Bayesian posterior predictive distribution may have poor generalization performance. This work develops a multi-sample loss (PAC$^m$) which can close the gap by spanning a trade-off between the two risks. The loss is computationally favorable and offers PAC generalization guarantees. Empirical study demonstrates improvement to the predictive distribution