Scalable Importance Tempering and Bayesian Variable Selection
Giacomo Zanella, Bocconi University
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm
We propose a Monte Carlo algorithm to sample from high-dimensional probability distributions that combines Markov chain Monte Carlo and importance sampling. We provide a careful theoretical analysis, including guarantees on robustness to high-dimensionality, explicit comparison with standard schemes and computational complexity statements. Simple and concrete intuition is provided for when the novel scheme is expected to outperform standard schemes. When applied to Bayesian variable selection problems, the novel algorithm is orders of magnitude more efficient than available alternative sampling schemes and allows to perform fast and reliable fully Bayesian inferences with tens of thousand regressors.
This is joint work with Gareth Roberts (Warwick)
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