A Year of Approximate Inference: Review of the NIPS 2015 Workshop 3

A Year of Approximate Inference: Review of the NIPS 2015 Workshop
inference lies no longer at the fringe. The importance of how we connect our observed data to the assumptions made by our statistical models—the task of inference—was a central part of this year's Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference: Zoubin Ghahramani's opening keynote set the stage and the pageant of inference included forecasting, compression, decision making, personalised modelling, and automating the ...

Variational Inference: Tricks of the Trade 5

Variational Inference: Tricks of the Trade
The NIPS 2014 Workshop on Advances in Variational Inference was abuzz with new methods and ideas for scalable approximate inference. The concluding event of the workshop was a lively debate with David Blei, Neil Lawrence, Zoubin Ghahramani, Shinichi Nakajima and Matthias Seeger on the history, trends and open questions in variational inference. One of the questions posed to our panel ...