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SUMMARY:PER Mini Course - David Blei\, Professor of Statistics & Computer Science\, Columbia University
DESCRIPTION:Variational Inference: Foundations and Innovations \nVenue:\nThe Program for Economic Research (PER)’s Fall Mini Course will be held in two parts.\nPart I: Thursday\, September 26\, 2:30pmâ€“ 4:30pm\,Â Room 301\, Uris HallÂ (get directions)\nPart II: Friday\, September 27\, 2:00pm-4:00pm\,Â Room 301\, Uris HallÂ (get directions). \n*Open to current Columbia University students only \nSpeaker:\nDavid Blei\, Professor of Statistics & Computer Science\, Columbia University \nA core problem of modern statistics and machine learning is toÂ approximate difficult-to-compute probability distributions. This problemÂ is especially important in probabilistic modeling and Bayesian statistics\,Â which frame all inference about unknown quantities as calculations aboutÂ conditional distributions. \nThis tutorial reviews variational inference (VI)\, a method thatÂ approximates probability distributions through optimization. VI has beenÂ used in myriad applications in machine learning and tends to be fasterÂ than more traditional methods\, such as Markov chain Monte CarloÂ sampling. \nAfter discussing the basics of variational inference\, Professor Blei willÂ describe some of the pivotal tools for VI that have been recentlyÂ developed: Monte Carlo gradients\, black box variational inference\,Â stochastic variational inference\, and variational autoencoders. The MiniÂ Course will conclude with a review of some of the unsolved problems inÂ VI and promising research directions. \nRegistration:\nThe Mini Course is open to all current Columbia University students. Register here.\nYou may download Professor Blei’s presentation here. \nThis conference is sponsored by Columbia Universityâ€™sÂ Program for Economic Research (PER).\nPlease direct all questions to econ-per@columbia.edu. \n \n
URL:https://econ.columbia.edu/event/mini-course-david-blei-professor-of-statistics-and-computer-science/
LOCATION:NY\, United States
CATEGORIES:PER,PER Events,PER Mini Courses
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