## Abstract

2014 The maximum a-posteriori (MAP) perturbation framework has emerged as a useful approach for inference and learning in high dimensional complex models. By maximizing a randomly perturbed potential function, MAP perturbations generate unbiased samples from the Gibbs distribution. Unfortunately, the computational cost of generating so many high-dimensional random variables can be prohibitive. More efficient algorithms use sequential sampling strategies based on the expected value of low dimensional MAP perturbations. This paper develops new measure concentration inequalities that bound the number of samples needed to estimate such expected values. Applying the general result to MAP perturbations can yield a more efficient algorithm to approximate sampling from the Gibbs distribution. The measure concentration result is of general interest and may be applicable to other areas involving Monte Carlo estimation of expectations.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | 31st International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2014 |

Publisher | International Machine Learning Society (IMLS)[email protected] |

Pages | 674-692 |

Number of pages | 19 |

ISBN (Print) | 9781634393973 |

State | Published - Jan 1 2014 |

Externally published | Yes |