EM optimization of latent-variable density models

Bishop, Christopher M., Svens'en, M. and Williams, Christopher K. I. (1996). EM optimization of latent-variable density models. IN: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 8. Touretzky, D. S.; Mozer, M. C. and Hasselmo, M. E. (eds) Cambridge, MA: MIT.


There is currently considerable interest in developing general non-linear density models based on latent, or hidden, variables. Such models have the ability to discover the presence of a relatively small number of underlying `causes' which, acting in combination, give rise to the apparent complexity of the observed data set. Unfortunately, to train such models generally requires large computational effort. In this paper we introduce a novel latent variable algorithm which retains the general non-linear capabilities of previous models but which uses a training procedure based on the EM algorithm. We demonstrate the performance of the model on a toy problem and on data from flow diagnostics for a multi-phase oil pipeline.

Divisions: Aston University (General)
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Event Title: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 1996
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 1996-11-12 - 1996-11-14
Uncontrolled Keywords: NCRG
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Published Date: 1996-06
Authors: Bishop, Christopher M.
Svens'en, M.
Williams, Christopher K. I.



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