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Nonparametric Bayesian Density Modeling with Gaussian Processes

Nonparametric Bayesian Density Modeling with Gaussian Processes

This video was recorded at 25th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Helsinki 2008. We present the Gaussian Process Density Sampler (GPDS), an exchangeable generative model for use in nonparametric Bayesian density estimation. Samples drawn from the GPDS are consistent with exact, independent samples from a fixed density function that is a transformation of a function drawn from a Gaussian process prior. Our formulation allows us to infer an unknown density from data using Markov chain Monte Carlo, which gives samples from the posterior distribution over density functions and from the predictive distribution on data space. We describe two such MCMC methods. Both methods also allow inference of the hyperparameters of the Gaussian process.

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