A cluster-cumulant expansion at the fixed points of belief propagation

Conference Paper

We introduce a new cluster-cumulant expansion (CCE) based on the fixed points of iterative belief propagation (IBP). This expansion is similar in spirit to the loop-series (LS) recently introduced in [1]. However, in contrast to the latter, the CCE enjoys the following important qualities: 1) it is defined for arbitrary state spaces 2) it is easily extended to fixed points of generalized belief propagation (GBP), 3) disconnected groups of variables will not contribute to the CCE and 4) the accuracy of the expansion empirically improves upon that of the LS. The CCE is based on the same Möbius transform as the Kikuchi approximation, but unlike GBP does not require storing the beliefs of the GBP-clusters nor does it suffer from convergence issues during belief updating.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Welling, M; Gelfand, AE; Ihler, A

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

  • Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence Proceedings of the 28th Conference, Uai 2012

Start / End Page

  • 883 - 892

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780974903989

Citation Source

  • Scopus