EECS Special Seminar: Kuikui Liu "Spectral Independence: A New Tool to Analyze Markov Chains"

Speaker: Kuikui Liu , UW CSE

Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: Grier Room B

Event Type: Seminar

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Host: Vinod Vaikuntanathan and Virginia Williams, CSG - CSAIL - MIT

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Reminder Subject: TALK: EECS Special Seminar: Kuikui Liu "Spectral Independence: A New Tool to Analyze Markov Chains"

Abstract: Sampling from high-dimensional probability distributions is a fundamental and challenging problem encountered throughout science and engineering. One of the most popular approaches to tackle such problems is the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) paradigm. While MCMC algorithms are often simple to implement and widely used in practice, analyzing the fidelity of the generated samples remains a difficult problem.

In this talk, I will describe a new technique called "spectral independence" that my collaborators and I developed over the last couple of years to analyze Markov chains. This technique has allowed us to break long-standing barriers and resolve several decades-old open problems in MCMC theory. Our work has opened up numerous connections with other areas of computer science, mathematics, and statistical physics, leading to dozens of new developments as well as exciting new directions of inquiry. I will then discuss how these connections have allowed us to "unify" nearly all major algorithmic paradigms for approximate counting and sampling. Finally, I will conclude with a wide variety of future directions and open problems at the frontier of this research.

Bio: Kuikui Liu is a fourth-year PhD student at UW CSE advised by Shayan Oveis Gharan. He completed his undergraduate studies also at the University of Washington in 2017, double majoring in computer science and mathematics. His primary area of expertise is in developing and analyzing algorithms for sampling from high-dimensional probability distributions encountered throughout science and engineering. More broadly, he is interested in algorithmic statistics and the theory of computing. His work has been recognized by a STOC Best Paper Award.

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Created by Sally O. Lee Email at Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 3:23 PM.