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Geometric Ergodicity in Modified Variations of Riemannian Manifold and Lagrangian Monte Carlo

by   James A. Brofos, et al.
Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Yale University

Riemannian manifold Hamiltonian (RMHMC) and Lagrangian Monte Carlo (LMC) have emerged as powerful methods of Bayesian inference. Unlike Euclidean Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (EHMC) and the Metropolis-adjusted Langevin algorithm (MALA), the geometric ergodicity of these Riemannian algorithms has not been extensively studied. On the other hand, the manifold Metropolis-adjusted Langevin algorithm (MMALA) has recently been shown to exhibit geometric ergodicity under certain conditions. This work investigates the mixture of the LMC and RMHMC transition kernels with MMALA in order to equip the resulting method with an "inherited" geometric ergodicity theory. We motivate this mixture kernel based on an analogy between single-step HMC and MALA. We then proceed to evaluate the original and modified transition kernels on several benchmark Bayesian inference tasks.


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