Affine Independent Variational Inference

Challis, Edward, Barber, David

Neural Information Processing Systems 

We present a method for approximate inference for a broad class of non-conjugate probabilistic models. In particular, for the family of generalized linear model target densities we describe a rich class of variational approximating densities which can be best fit to the target by minimizing the Kullback-Leibler divergence. Our approach is based on using the Fourier representation which we show results in efficient and scalable inference. Papers published at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference.