Tue 9 Jan 2018 16:00 - 16:30 at Bradbury - SESSION IV (4 talks) Chair(s): Rif A. Saurous

We extend the first-order meta-language of Staton et al. with a new language construct, slice-let . This new construct allows a user to define a random variable x, with a potentially intractable distribution, by introducing an auxiliary random variable, u, and specifying only the conditional distributions of x given u and of u given x. In effect, the distribution of x need only be defined up to some level of approximation, determined by the value of u. We outline the denotational semantics for slice-let and give some example programs. Finally, we briefly discuss an approximate representation of the program that can be used by an inference algorithm.

Tue 9 Jan

pps-2018
16:00 - 18:00: PPS 2018 - SESSION IV (4 talks) at Bradbury
Chair(s): Rif A. SaurousGoogle
pps-201816:00 - 16:30
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pps-201816:30 - 17:00
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Steven HoltzenUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Guy Van den BroeckUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Todd MillsteinUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Pre-print
pps-201817:00 - 17:30
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Maria I. GorinovaThe University of Edinburgh, Andrew D. GordonMicrosoft Research and University of Edinburgh, Charles SuttonUniversity of Edinburgh
Pre-print
pps-201817:30 - 18:00
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Mitchell WandNortheastern University, USA, Theophilos GiannakopoulosBAE Systems, Inc., Andrew CobbNortheastern University, Ryan CulpepperNortheastern University