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Markov chains for exploring posterior distributions
 Annals of Statistics
, 1994
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Markov Logic Networks
 Machine Learning
, 2006
"... Abstract. We propose a simple approach to combining firstorder logic and probabilistic graphical models in a single representation. A Markov logic network (MLN) is a firstorder knowledge base with a weight attached to each formula (or clause). Together with a set of constants representing objects ..."
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Abstract. We propose a simple approach to combining firstorder logic and probabilistic graphical models in a single representation. A Markov logic network (MLN) is a firstorder knowledge base with a weight attached to each formula (or clause). Together with a set of constants representing objects in the domain, it specifies a ground Markov network containing one feature for each possible grounding of a firstorder formula in the KB, with the corresponding weight. Inference in MLNs is performed by MCMC over the minimal subset of the ground network required for answering the query. Weights are efficiently learned from relational databases by iteratively optimizing a pseudolikelihood measure. Optionally, additional clauses are learned using inductive logic programming techniques. Experiments with a realworld database and knowledge base in a university domain illustrate the promise of this approach.
Simulating Normalized Constants: From Importance Sampling to Bridge Sampling to Path Sampling
 Statistical Science, 13, 163–185. COMPARISON OF METHODS FOR COMPUTING BAYES FACTORS 435
, 1998
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Simulating ratios of normalizing constants via a simple identity: A theoretical exploration
 Statistica Sinica
, 1996
"... Abstract: Let pi(w),i =1, 2, be two densities with common support where each density is known up to a normalizing constant: pi(w) =qi(w)/ci. We have draws from each density (e.g., via Markov chain Monte Carlo), and we want to use these draws to simulate the ratio of the normalizing constants, c1/c2. ..."
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Abstract: Let pi(w),i =1, 2, be two densities with common support where each density is known up to a normalizing constant: pi(w) =qi(w)/ci. We have draws from each density (e.g., via Markov chain Monte Carlo), and we want to use these draws to simulate the ratio of the normalizing constants, c1/c2. Such a computational problem is often encountered in likelihood and Bayesian inference, and arises in fields such as physics and genetics. Many methods proposed in statistical and other literature (e.g., computational physics) for dealing with this problem are based on various special cases of the following simple identity: c1 c2 = E2[q1(w)α(w)] E1[q2(w)α(w)]. Here Ei denotes the expectation with respect to pi (i =1, 2), and α is an arbitrary function such that the denominator is nonzero. A main purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical study of the usefulness of this identity, with focus on (asymptotically) optimal and practical choices of α. Using a simple but informative example, we demonstrate that with sensible (not necessarily optimal) choices of α, we can reduce the simulation error by orders of magnitude when compared to the conventional importance sampling method, which corresponds to α =1/q2. We also introduce several generalizations of this identity for handling more complicated settings (e.g., estimating several ratios simultaneously) and pose several open problems that appear to have practical as well as theoretical value. Furthermore, we discuss related theoretical and empirical work.
LocationBased Activity Recognition using Relational Markov Networks
"... In this paper we define a general framework for activity recognition by building upon and extending Relational Markov Networks. Using the example of activity recognition from location data, we show that our model can represent a variety of features including temporal information such as time of day, ..."
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In this paper we define a general framework for activity recognition by building upon and extending Relational Markov Networks. Using the example of activity recognition from location data, we show that our model can represent a variety of features including temporal information such as time of day, spatial information extracted from geographic databases, and global constraints such as the number of homes or workplaces of a person. We develop an efficient inference and learning technique based on MCMC. Using GPS location data collected by multiple people we show that the technique can accurately label a person’s activity locations. Furthermore, we show that it is possible to learn good models from less data by using priors extracted from other people’s data.
Markov Chain Monte Carlo Estimation of Exponential Random Graph Models
 Journal of Social Structure
, 2002
"... This paper is about estimating the parameters of the exponential random graph model, also known as the p # model, using frequentist Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. The exponential random graph model is simulated using Gibbs or MetropolisHastings sampling. The estimation procedures consider ..."
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This paper is about estimating the parameters of the exponential random graph model, also known as the p # model, using frequentist Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. The exponential random graph model is simulated using Gibbs or MetropolisHastings sampling. The estimation procedures considered are based on the RobbinsMonro algorithm for approximating a solution to the likelihood equation.
Learning PhysicsBased Motion Style with Nonlinear Inverse Optimization
 ACM Trans. Graph
, 2005
"... This paper presents a novel physicsbased representation of realistic character motion. The dynamical model incorporates several factors of locomotion derived from the biomechanical literature, including relative preferences for using some muscles more than others, elastic mechanisms at joints due t ..."
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This paper presents a novel physicsbased representation of realistic character motion. The dynamical model incorporates several factors of locomotion derived from the biomechanical literature, including relative preferences for using some muscles more than others, elastic mechanisms at joints due to the mechanical properties of tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and variable stiffness at joints depending on the task. When used in a spacetime optimization framework, the parameters of this model define a wide range of styles of natural human movement.
Regeneration in Markov Chain Samplers
, 1994
"... Markov chain sampling has received considerable attention in the recent literature, in particular in the context of Bayesian computation and maximum likelihood estimation. This paper discusses the use of Markov chain splitting, originally developed as a tool for the theoretical analysis of general s ..."
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Markov chain sampling has received considerable attention in the recent literature, in particular in the context of Bayesian computation and maximum likelihood estimation. This paper discusses the use of Markov chain splitting, originally developed as a tool for the theoretical analysis of general state space Markov chains, to introduce regeneration times into Markov chain samplers. This allows the use of regenerative methods for analyzing the output of these samplers, and can also provide a useful diagnostic of the performance of the samplers. The general approach is applied to several different samplers and is illustrated in a number of examples. 1 Introduction In Markov chain Monte Carlo, a distribution ß is examined by obtaining sample paths from a Markov chain constructed to have equilibrium distribution ß. This approach was introduced by Metropolis et al. (1953) and has recently received considerable attention as a method for examining posterior distributions in Bayesian infer...
On the Convergence of Monte Carlo Maximum Likelihood Calculations
 Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B
, 1992
"... Monte Carlo maximum likelihood for normalized families of distributions (Geyer and Thompson, 1992) can be used for an extremely broad class of models. Given any family f h ` : ` 2 \Theta g of nonnegative integrable functions, maximum likelihood estimates in the family obtained by normalizing the the ..."
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Monte Carlo maximum likelihood for normalized families of distributions (Geyer and Thompson, 1992) can be used for an extremely broad class of models. Given any family f h ` : ` 2 \Theta g of nonnegative integrable functions, maximum likelihood estimates in the family obtained by normalizing the the functions to integrate to one can be approximated by Monte Carlo, the only regularity conditions being a compactification of the parameter space such that the the evaluation maps ` 7! h ` (x) remain continuous. Then with probability one the Monte Carlo approximant to the log likelihood hypoconverges to the exact log likelihood, its maximizer converges to the exact maximum likelihood estimate, approximations to profile likelihoods hypoconverge to the exact profile, and level sets of the approximate likelihood (support regions) converge to the exact sets (in Painlev'eKuratowski set convergence). The same results hold when there are missing data (Thompson and Guo, 1991, Gelfand and Carlin, 19...
Assessing Degeneracy in Statistical Models of Social Networks
 Journal of the American Statistical Association
, 2003
"... discussions. This paper presents recent advances in the statistical modeling of random graphs that have an impact on the empirical study of social networks. Statistical exponential family models (Wasserman and Pattison 1996) are a generalization of the Markov random graph models introduced by Frank ..."
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discussions. This paper presents recent advances in the statistical modeling of random graphs that have an impact on the empirical study of social networks. Statistical exponential family models (Wasserman and Pattison 1996) are a generalization of the Markov random graph models introduced by Frank and Strauss (1986), which in turn are derived from developments in spatial statistics (Besag 1974). These models recognize the complex dependencies within relational data structures. A major barrier to the application of random graph models to social networks has been the lack of a sound statistical theory to evaluate model fit. This problem has at least three aspects: the specification of realistic models, the algorithmic difficulties of the inferential methods, and the assessment of the degree to which the graph structure produced by the models matches that of the data. We discuss these and related issues of the model degeneracy and inferential degeneracy for commonly used estimators.