732A46 Bayesian Learning
The course aims to give a solid introduction to the Bayesian approach to statistical inference, with a view towards applications in data mining and machine learning. After an introduction to the subjective probability concept that underlies Bayesian inference, the course moves on to the mathematics of the prior-to-posterior updating in basic statistical models, such as the Bernoulli, normal and multinomial models. Linear regression and spline regression are also analyzed using a Bayesian approach. The course subsequently shows how complex models can be analyzed with simulation methods like Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). Bayesian prediction and marginalization of nuisance parameters is explained, and introductions to Bayesian model selection and Bayesian decision theory are also given.
- Introduction to subjective probability and the basic ideas behind Bayesian inference
- Prior-to-posterior updating in basic statistical models, such as the Bernoulli, normal and multinomial models.
- Bayesian analysis of linear and nonlinear regression models
- Shrinkage, variable selection and other regularization priors
- Bayesian analysis of more complex models with simulation methods, e.g. Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC).
- Bayesian prediction and marginalization of nuisance parameters
- Introduction to Bayesian model selection
- Introduction to Bayesian decision theory.
Intended audience and admission requirements
This course is given primarily for students on the Master's programme Statistics and Data Mining. It is also offered to Master students in other subjects and to interested Ph.D. students (with a more advanced examination).
Students admitted to the Master's programme in Statistics and Data Mining fulfill the admission requirements for the course.
Students not admitted to the Master's programme in Statistics and Data Mining should have passed:
- an intermediate course in probability and statistical inference
- a basic course in mathematical analysis
- a basic course in linear algebra
- a basic course in programming
The TimeEdit schedule for the course is available here.
Module 1 - The BayesicsLecture 1: Basics concepts. Likelihood. The Bernoulli model. The Gaussian model.
Read: BDA Ch. 1, 2.1-2.5 | Slides
Code: Beta density | Bernoulli model | One-parameter Gaussian model
Lecture 2: Conjugate priors. The Poisson model. Prior elicitation. Noninformative priors.
Read: BDA Ch. 2.6-2.9 | Slides
Lecture 3: Multi-parameter models. Marginalization. Multinomial model. Multivariate normal model.
Read: BDA Ch. 3. | Slides
Code: Two-parameter Gaussian model | Prediction with two-parameter Gaussian model | Multinomial model
Lab 1: Exploring posterior distributions in one-parameter models by simulation and direct numerical evaluation.
Module 2 - Bayesian Regression and ClassificationLecture 4:
Module 3 - More Advanced Models and MCMC SimulationLecture 7:
Module 4 - Flexible Models and Model InferenceLecture 10:
- Bayesian Data Analysis by Gelman, Carlin, Stern, och Rubin, Chapman & Hall, Third edition. The book's web site can be found here.
- My slides.
The examination for the course Bayesian Learning, 6hp, consists of
- written reports on the four computer labs (2 hp)
- individual written report on a project that applies Bayesian methods for data analysis (4hp)
Some extra R code
- OptimExample1.R Simple optimization example to illustrate the use of R's optimizing routine in optim.R
- OptimizeSpam.zip Finding the posterior mode and approximate covariance matrix by numerical optimization methods. This code fits a logistic or probit regression model to the spam data from the book Elements of Statistical Learning. Its a good example since the optimization for the logistic model is very stable, but this is not the case for the probit
- NormalMixtureGibbs.R Simulates from the posterior distribution of the parameters in a mixture-of-normals model.
- SimulateDiscreteMarkovChain.R Simulates from Markov Chain with three states.
- BernBeta.R Bernoulli model
- BernBetaHierarchy.R Bernoulli model with estimated prior hyperparameters
- HeightWeight.R Linear regression
- LogisticRegRandEffects.R Logistic regression with random effects
- Informative clickable chart with relations between distributions: http://www.johndcook.com/distribution_chart.html.
- Learning about the prior-to-posterior mapping in:
- A collection with hundreds of machine learning datasets.
- An old exam with solutions from a course I gave in 2007. Have a look at Question 2 early in the course.
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Last updated: 2015-03-30