Nonparametric Bayesian Methods: Models, Algorithms, and Applications
This tutorial took place at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. See this link for the latest versions and videos of this tutorial.
Part I: Saturday, October 7, 9:00 AM–10:30 AM
Part II: Saturday, October 7, 10:50 AM–12:20 PM
Part III: Saturday, October 7, 12:40 PM–1:50 PM
Professor Tamara Broderick
This tutorial introduces nonparametric Bayes (BNP) as a tool for
modern data science and machine learning. BNP methods are useful in a
variety of data analyses---including density estimation without
parametric assumptions and clustering models that adaptively determine
the number of clusters. We will demonstrate that BNP allows the data
analyst to learn more from a data set as the size of the data set
grows and see how this feat is accomplished. We will describe popular
BNP models such as the Dirichlet process, Chinese restaurant process,
Indian buffet process, and hierarchical BNP models---and how they
relate to each other.
Working knowledge of Bayesian data analysis. Know how
to use Bayes' Theorem to calculate a posterior for both discrete and
continuous parametric distributions. Have a basic knowledge of Markov
chain Monte Carlo (especially Gibbs) sampling for posterior
What we won't cover
Gaussian processes are an important branch of nonparametric Bayesian modeling, but we won't have time to cover them here. We'll be focusing on the discrete, or Poisson point process, side of nonparametric Bayesian inference.