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29 March 2019 - 4:00pm - A complete characterisation of mean field variational inference for a stochastic blockmodel
Dr. Rachel Wang
Variational approximation has been widely used in large-scale Bayesian inference recently, the simplest kind of which involves imposing a mean field assumption to approximate complicated latent structures. Despite the computational scalability of...