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Firefly Monte Carlo: Exact MCMC with Subsets of Data

  title={Firefly Monte Carlo: Exact MCMC with Subsets of Data},
  author={Dougal Maclaurin and Ryan P. Adams},
  booktitle={Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence},
Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) is a popular tool for Bayesian inference. However, MCMC cannot be practically applied to large data sets because of the prohibitive cost of evaluating every likelihood term at every iteration. Here we present Firefly Monte Carlo (FlyMC) MCMC algorithm with auxiliary variables that only queries the likelihoods of a subset of the data at each iteration yet simulates from the exact posterior distribution. FlyMC is compatible with modern MCMC algorithms, and only… 

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