Ömer Deniz Akyıldız (Alan Turing Institute)
Mon 16 Sep 2019, 12:00 - 13:00
Bayes Centre, Room 5.02

If you have a question about this talk, please contact: Tim Cannings (tcannin2)


Adaptive importance samplers are adaptive Monte Carlo algorithms to estimate expectations with respect to some target distribution which adapt themselves to obtain better estimators over iterations. Although it is straightforward to show that they have the same convergence rate as the importance sampling with respect to the number of Monte Carlo samples, the behaviour of adaptive importance samplers over the number of iterations has been left relatively unexplored despite these adaptive algorithms aim at improving the proposal quality iteratively. In this talk, I will explore an adaptation strategy based on convex optimisation which leads to a class of adaptive importance samplers, termed optimised adaptive importance samplers (OAIS). We prove non-asymptotic error bounds for the mean squared errors (MSEs) of these algorithms, which explicitly depend on the number of iterations and the number of particles together. I will also demonstrate the bounds on a simple numerical example.