In Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence 2011

July 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm by

Place: Large Lecture Room – CVC
Affiliation: Image Analysis Lab, Computer Science Dep. Stony Brook Univ. NY, USA


We show that the log-likelihood of several probabilistic graphical models is Lipschitz continuous with respect to the Lp-norm of the parameters. We discuss several implications of Lipschitz parametrization. We present an upper bound of the Kullback-Leibler divergence that allows understanding methods that penalize the Lp-norm of differences of parameters as the minimization of that upper bound.

The expected log-likelihood is lower bounded by the negative Lp-norm, which allows understanding the generalization ability of probabilistic models.

The exponential of the negative Lp-norm is involved in the lower bound of the Bayes error rate, which shows that it is reasonable to use parameters as features in algorithms that rely on metric spaces (e.g. classification, dimensionality reduction, clustering). Our results do not rely on specific algorithms for learning the structure or parameters. We show preliminary results for activity recognition and temporal segmentation.

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