Date: Saturday 15th June 2019.
Location: Long Beach Convention Center - Room 104A.
News: The videos of all of the talks can be found here.
Stein's method is a technique from probability theory for bounding the distance between probability measures using differential and difference operators. Although the method was initially designed as a technique for proving central limit theorems, it has recently caught the attention of the machine learning (ML) community and has been used for a variety of practical tasks. Recent applications include goodness-of-fit testing, generative modeling, global non-convex optimisation, variational inference, de novo sampling, constructing powerful control variates for Monte Carlo variance reduction, and measuring the quality of Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms.
Although Stein's method has already had significant impact in ML, most of the applications only scratch the surface of this rich area of research in probability theory. Significant gains could be made by encouraging both communities to interact directly, and this workshop aims to facilitate this discussion.
The workshop will begin with an introduction to Stein's method which will be accessible for researchers in machine learning who are unfamiliar with the topic. It will then consist of an alternating sequence of invited talks from machine learning researchers and experts in Stein's method, which will highlight both foundational topics and applications in machine learning and statistics. The workshop will also include a session for contributed posters and will conclude with a panel discussion to elicit a concise summary of the state of the field.