Towards a Theory of Non-Log-Concave Sampling: First-Order Stationarity Guarantees for Langevin Monte Carlo

10 Feb 2022  ·  Krishnakumar Balasubramanian, Sinho Chewi, Murat A. Erdogdu, Adil Salim, Matthew Zhang ·

For the task of sampling from a density $\pi \propto \exp(-V)$ on $\mathbb{R}^d$, where $V$ is possibly non-convex but $L$-gradient Lipschitz, we prove that averaged Langevin Monte Carlo outputs a sample with $\varepsilon$-relative Fisher information after $O( L^2 d^2/\varepsilon^2)$ iterations. This is the sampling analogue of complexity bounds for finding an $\varepsilon$-approximate first-order stationary points in non-convex optimization and therefore constitutes a first step towards the general theory of non-log-concave sampling. We discuss numerous extensions and applications of our result; in particular, it yields a new state-of-the-art guarantee for sampling from distributions which satisfy a Poincar\'e inequality.

PDF Abstract
No code implementations yet. Submit your code now



  Add Datasets introduced or used in this paper

Results from the Paper

  Submit results from this paper to get state-of-the-art GitHub badges and help the community compare results to other papers.


No methods listed for this paper. Add relevant methods here