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Church: a language for generative models

  title={Church: a language for generative models},
  author={Noah D. Goodman and Vikash K. Mansinghka and D. Roy and Keith Bonawitz and J. Tenenbaum},
  • Noah D. Goodman, Vikash K. Mansinghka, +2 authors J. Tenenbaum
  • Published in UAI 2008
  • Computer Science
  • Formal languages for probabilistic modeling enable re-use, modularity, and descriptive clarity, and can foster generic inference techniques. We introduce Church, a universal language for describing stochastic generative processes. Church is based on the Lisp model of lambda calculus, containing a pure Lisp as its deterministic subset. The semantics of Church is defined in terms of evaluation histories and conditional distributions on such histories. Church also includes a novel language… CONTINUE READING
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