Proposal of a Score Based Approach to Sampling Using Monte Carlo Estimation of Score and Oracle Access to Target DensityDownload PDF

Published: 29 Nov 2022, Last Modified: 05 May 2023SBM 2022 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Score Based Modeling, Monte Carlo Estimation, Bayesian Posterior, Sampling
TL;DR: For target pdf's where we know the form of the density, we propose a method to estimate score and sample without having to appeal to a neural network or other score estimator.
Abstract: Score based approaches to sampling have shown much success as a generative algorithm to produce new samples from a target density given a pool of initial samples. In this work, we consider if we have no initial samples from the target density, but rather $0^{th}$ and $1^{st}$ order oracle access to the log likelihood. Such problems may arise in Bayesian posterior sampling, or in approximate minimization of non-convex functions. Using this knowledge alone, we propose a Monte Carlo method to estimate the score empirically as a particular expectation of a random variable. Using this estimator, we can then run a discrete version of the backward flow SDE to produce samples from the target density. This approach has the benefit of not relying on a pool of initial samples from the target density, and it does not rely on a neural network or other black box model to estimate the score.
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