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Probability Seminar: Wilfrid Kendall, University of Warwick

27 Apr @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Wilfrid Kendall
University of Warwick


A Dirichlet Form approach to MCMC Optimal Scaling
(Joint with Giacomo Zanella and Mylene Bédard)

In this talk I will discuss the use of Dirichlet forms to deliver proofs of optimal scaling results for Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms (specifically, Metropolis-Hastings random walk samplers) under regularity conditions which are substantially weaker than those required by the original approach (based on the use of infinitesimal generators). The Dirichlet form method has the added advantage of providing an explicit construction of the underlying infinite-dimensional context. In particular, this enables us directly to establish weak convergence to the relevant infinite-dimensional diffusion.

Reference: Zanella, G., Kendall, W. S., & Bédard, M. (2016). A Dirichlet Form approach to MCMC Optimal Scaling.
arXiv, 1606.01528, 22pp. URL:



Refreshments will be served at 3:45 in the 3rd floor lounge of Hanes Hall


27 Apr
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
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125 Hanes Hall
Hanes Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States