The Probabilistic Inference Group (PIGS) is a paper discussion group with meetings held fortnightly. The group focuses on probabilistic and information theoretic approaches to machine learning problems. Meetings are generally held fortnightly on Mondays at 10:30am in room 2.33 of the Informatics Forum. Announcements are made through the PIGS mailing list.

Instructions for presenters:

1) Choose a **mainstream** ML paper (or two).

2) Provide paper(s) at least **one week** in advance of the meeting.

3) Lead a discussion of the paper(s) in the meeting.

Mainstream means a paper that does not depend heavily on domain specific background to be comprehensible. A possible test would be to consider if the techniques could fairly readily be transferred to another application area. Papers from conferences like NIPS, ICML, UAI, AISTATS, and journals like JMLR and ML papers from IEEE PAMI are likely to be in scope; but note that papers from other sources could well fit too.

Students should discuss their paper selections with their supervisor to make sure they are reasonable choices. It is acceptable to relate the selected papers to the presenter's research, but not at the expense of discussion of the selected paper.

If people want to make thematic groupings of readings it should be possible to arrange swaps in the rota in order to make this happen.

Knowledge Matters: Importance of Prior Information for Optimization C. Gulcehre and Yoshua Bengio

A survey of techniques for incremental learning of HMM parameters Wael Khreich Eric Granger, Ali Miri, Robert Sabourin

NICE: NON-LINEAR INDEPENDENT COMPONENTS ESTIMATION Laurent Dinh, David Krueger and Yoshua Bengio

Automatic Variational Inference in Stan Alp Kucukelbir, Rajesh Ranganath, Andrew Gelman and David Blei

A note on the evaluation of generative models Lucas Theis, AÃƒÂ¤ron van den Oord and Matthias Bethge

Robust Spectral Inference for Joint Stochastic Matrix Factorization Moontae Lee, David Bindel and David Mimno

**George:** Bayesian Dark Knowledge Anoop Korattikara, Vivek Rathod, Kevin Murphy, Max Welling

**Mingjun:** Optimization Monte Carlo: Efficient and Embarrassingly Parallel Likelihood-Free Inference Edward Meeds, Max Welling

**Harri:** Semi-supervised learning with ladder networks Antti Rasmus, Harri Valpola et al

**Theo:** Generative Image Modeling Using Spatial LSTMs Lucas Theis, Matthias Bethge

**Chris:** Unsupervisd Learning by Program Synthesis Ellis, Solar-Lezama, Tenenbaum

**Krzysztof:** **:** Training Very Deep Networks Rupesh Kumar Srivastava, Klaus Greff, Jurgen Schmidhuber

Deep Generative Image Models using a Laplacian Pyramid of Adversarial Networks Emily Denton, Soumith Chintala, Arthur Szlam, Rob Fergus

Variational Dropout and the Local Reparameterization Trick Diederik P. Kingma, Tim Salimans, Max Welling

- Visit PIGS meetings 2015 for a list of meetings held in 2014 (Sep 2014 - Jul 2015).

- Visit PIGS meetings 2014 for a list of meetings held in 2014 (Sep 2013 - Jul 2014).

- Visit PIGS meetings 2013 for a list of meetings held in 2013 (until May).

- Visit PIGS meetings 2012 for a list of meetings held in 2012.

- Visit PIGS meetings 2011 for a list of meetings held in 2011.

- Visit PIGS meetings 2010 for a list of meetings held in 2010.

- Visit PIGS meetings 2009 for a list of meetings held in 2009.

- Visit PIGS meetings 2008 for a list of meetings held in 2008.

- Visit PIGS meetings 2007 for a list of meetings held in 2007.

- Visit the PIGSTwoThousandAndSixAndEarlier for earlier meetings

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latent-models-covariance.pdf | manage | 276.1 K | 20 Jul 2007 - 13:38 | Main.s9810791 | Latent models for cross-covariance (PIGS 24th July 2007) |

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