Gaussian Process Seminar Series

Vincent Adam

Dual Parameterization of Sparse Variational Gaussian Processes

Vincent Adam · University Pompeu Fabra

2022-04-11 · 16:00 UTC

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Sparse variational Gaussian process (SVGP) methods are a common choice for non-conjugate Gaussian process inference because of their computational benefits. In this talk, I will present a method to improve their computational efficiency by using a dual parameterization where each data example is assigned dual parameters, similarly to site parameters used in expectation propagation. Our dual parameterization speeds-up inference using natural gradient descent, and provides a tighter evidence lower bound for hyperparameter learning. The approach has the same memory cost as the current SVGP methods, but it is faster and more accurate.

Vincent Adam is a postdoctoral researcher in reinforcement learning at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He was a research scientist at, UK, and a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland, working on probabilistic machine learning with a focus on approximate inference in Gaussian Process models. Prior to that, he completed a PhD in computational neuroscience and machine learning at the Gatsby Unit, UCL, UK.