Dependent normalized random measures

Changyou Chen, Vinayak Rao, Wray Buntine, Yee Whye Teh

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In this paper we propose two constructions of dependent normalized random measures, a class of nonparametric priors over dependent probability measures. Our constructions, which we call mixed normalized random measures (MNRM) and thinned normalized random measures (TNRM), involve (respectively) weighting and thinning parts of a shared underlying Poisson process before combining them together. We show that both MNRM and TNRM are marginally normalized random measures, resulting in well understood theoretical properties. We develop marginal and slice samplers for both models, the latter necessary for inference in TNRM. In time-varying topic modeling experiments, both models exhibit superior performance over related dependent models such as the hierarchical Dirichlet process and the spatial normalized Gamma process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2013)
Subtitle of host publicationJune 16 – June 21, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
EditorsSanjoy Dasgupta, David McAllester
PublisherInternational Machine Learning Society (IMLS)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Machine Learning 2013 - Atlanta, United States of America
Duration: 16 Jun 201321 Jun 2013
Conference number: 30th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Machine Learning 2013
Abbreviated titleICML 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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