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Accelerated Adaptive Markov Chain for Partition Function Computation
Stefano Ermon · Carla Gomes · Ashish Sabharwal · Bart Selman

Tue Dec 13 03:56 AM -- 04:00 AM (PST) @

We propose a novel Adaptive Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm to compute the partition function. In particular, we show how to accelerate a flat histogram sampling technique by significantly reducing the number of ``null moves'' in the chain, while maintaining asymptotic convergence properties. Our experiments show that our method converges quickly to highly accurate solutions on a range of benchmark instances, outperforming other state-of-the-art methods such as IJGP, TRW, and Gibbs sampling both in run-time and accuracy. We also show how obtaining a so-called density of states distribution allows for efficient weight learning in Markov Logic theories.

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Stefano Ermon (Stanford)
Carla Gomes (Cornell University)
Ashish Sabharwal (IBM Watson Research Center)
Bart Selman (Cornell University)

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