Deep Structured Mixtures of Gaussian Processes

10/10/2019 ∙ by Martin Trapp, et al. ∙ 0

Gaussian Processes (GPs) are powerful non-parametric Bayesian regression models that allow exact posterior inference, but exhibit high computational and memory costs. In order to improve scalability of GPs, approximate posterior inference is frequently employed, where a prominent class of approximation techniques is based on local GP experts. However, the local-expert techniques proposed so far are either not well-principled, come with limited approximation guarantees, or lead to intractable models. In this paper, we introduce deep structured mixtures of GP experts, a stochastic process model which i) allows exact posterior inference, ii) has attractive computational and memory costs, and iii), when used as GP approximation, captures predictive uncertainties consistently better than previous approximations. In a variety of experiments, we show that deep structured mixtures have a low approximation error and outperform existing expert-based approaches.

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