Abstract for the talk on 03.09.2020 (17:00 h)

Math Machine Learning seminar MPI MIS + UCLA

Niladri S. Chatterji (UC Berkeley)
Upper and lower bounds for gradient based sampling methods
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This talk will talk about two results regarding gradient-based sampling methods.

First, I will present upper bounds for the problem of sampling from a distribution \(p^*(x) \propto \exp(−U(x))\), where the potential function \(U\) is smooth everywhere and strongly convex outside a ball of radius \(R\), but potentially nonconvex inside this ball. We study both overdamped and underdamped Langevin MCMC and establish upper bounds on the number of steps required to obtain a sample from a distribution that is within \(\epsilon\) of the target distribution \(p^∗\) in 1-Wasserstein distance.

In the second part of the talk, I will talk about our recent work that establishes information theoretic lower bounds on the iteration complexity of stochastic gradient-based algorithms for sampling from strongly-log concave densities.

This is joint work with Yasin Abbasi-Yadkori, Peter Bartlett, Xiang Cheng, Michael Jordan and Philip Long.


23.09.2020, 10:35