MetFlow: A New Efficient Method for Bridging the Gap between Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Variational Inference

In this contribution, we propose a new computationally efficient method to combine Variational Inference (VI) with Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). This approach can be used with generic MCMC kernels, but is especially well suited to \textit{MetFlow}, a novel family of MCMC algorithms we introduce, in which proposals are obtained using Normalizing Flows... (read more)

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