[ML] Frederic Koehler (UC Berkeley) - Learning Ising Models with Latent Variables

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November 10, 2021 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
TTIC & Remote
Event Audience:
Frederic Koehler

Speaker: Frederic Koehler Fellow, UC Berkeley Simons Institute

Frederic is currently a fellow at UC Berkeley's Simons Institute this semester and will be a Motwani postdoctoral fellow at Stanford starting in Spring 2022. He recently graduated from MIT, where he received his PHD in Mathematics and Statistics co-advised by Ankur Moitra and Elchanan Mossel. His interests include computational learning theory, high-dimensional statistics, applied probability, and algorithms for sampling and inference. 

Abstract: Learning Ising Models with Latent Variables

Graphical models are a rich language for describing high-dimensional distributions in terms of their dependence structure. While there are algorithms with provable guarantees for learning undirected graphical models in a variety of settings, there has been much less progress in the important scenario when there are latent (i.e. unobserved) variables. Here we study sparse Ising models with latent variables with a focus on a prototypical example, the RBM (Restricted Boltzmann Machine). We discuss negative and positive results for this problem. In particular, we give two provable algorithms for learning such models: one builds upon concavity of magnetization estimates from statistical physics, and another is inspired by connections between RBMs and their historical relative, feedforward neural networks. Based on joint works with Guy Bresler, Ankur Moitra, Surbhi Goel, and Adam Klivans. 

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Host: Machine Learning Seminar Series

Type: talk