University of Birmingham > Talks@bham > Applied Mathematics Seminar Series > Strategies for Multilevel Monte Carlo

## Strategies for Multilevel Monte CarloAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Kody Law, University of Manchester
- Thursday 30 January 2020, 12:00-13:00
- Biosciences 301.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Fabian Spill. This talk will concern the problem of inference when the posterior measure involves continuous models which require approximation before inference can be performed. Typically one cannot sample from the posterior distribution directly, but can at best only evaluate it, up to a normalizing constant. Therefore one must resort to computationally-intensive inference algorithms in order to construct estimators. These algorithms are typically of Monte Carlo type, and include for example Markov chain Monte Carlo, importance samplers, and sequential Monte Carlo samplers. The multilevel Monte Carlo method provides a way of optimally balancing discretization and sampling error on a hierarchy of approximation levels, such that cost is optimized. Recently this method has been applied to computationally intensive inference. This non-trivial task can be achieved in a variety of ways. This talk will review 3 primary strategies which have been successfully employed to achieve optimal (or canonical) convergence rates – in other words faster convergence than i.i.d. sampling at the finest discretization level. Some of the specific resulting algorithms, and applications, will also be presented. This talk is part of the Applied Mathematics Seminar Series series. ## This talk is included in these lists:Note that ex-directory lists are not shown. |
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