You are all cordially invited to the AMLab seminar on Tuesday November 7 at 16:00 in C3.163, where Matthias Reisser will give a talk titled “Failure Modes of distributed Variational Inference”. Afterwards there are the usual drinks and snacks!
Abstract: In this talk I want to give a summary over thoughts and experiments we performed over the last couple of weeks in trying to develop a distributed Variational Inference algorithm. Although, theoretically, we can see advantages to the proposed model, as well as cannot immediately see theoretical reasons why it should not work, the experiments demonstrate that learning in the proposed algorithm is unstable and fails catastrophically in the tested settings. I would like to show our intuition and would be glad to discuss and collect your ideas.