A Unified Stochastic Gradient Approach to Designing Bayesian-Optimal Experiments. Foster, A.; Jankowiak, M.; O’Meara, M.; Teh, Y. W.; and Rainforth, T. arXiv, 2019.
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We introduce a fully stochastic gradient based approach to Bayesian optimal experimental design (BOED). This is achieved through the use of variational lower bounds on the expected information gain (EIG) of an experiment that can be simultaneously optimized with respect to both the variational and design parameters. This allows the design process to be carried out through a single unified stochastic gradient ascent procedure, in contrast to existing approaches that typically construct an EIG estimator on a pointwise basis, before passing this estimator to a separate optimizer. We show that this, in turn, leads to more efficient BOED schemes and provide a number of a different variational objectives suited to different settings. Furthermore, we show that our gradient-based approaches are able to provide effective design optimization in substantially higher dimensional settings than existing approaches.
@Article{Foster2019,
author = {Foster, Adam and Jankowiak, Martin and O’Meara, Matthew and Teh, Yee Whye and Rainforth, Tom}, 
title = {A Unified Stochastic Gradient Approach to Designing Bayesian-Optimal Experiments}, 
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pages = {1911.00294v1}, 
year = {2019}, 
abstract = {We introduce a fully stochastic gradient based approach to Bayesian optimal experimental design (BOED). This is achieved through the use of variational lower bounds on the expected information gain (EIG) of an experiment that can be simultaneously optimized with respect to both the variational and design parameters. This allows the design process to be carried out through a single unified stochastic gradient ascent procedure, in contrast to existing approaches that typically construct an EIG estimator on a pointwise basis, before passing this estimator to a separate optimizer. We show that this, in turn, leads to more efficient BOED schemes and provide a number of a different variational objectives suited to different settings. Furthermore, we show that our gradient-based approaches are able to provide effective design optimization in substantially higher dimensional settings than existing approaches.}, 
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