Adaptive schemes for piecewise deterministic Monte Carlo algorithms

Andrea Bertazzi, Joris Bierkens

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The Bouncy Particle sampler (BPS) and the Zig-Zag sampler (ZZS) are continuous time, non-reversible Monte Carlo methods based on piecewise deterministic Markov processes. Experiments show that the speed of convergence of these samplers can be affected by the shape of the target distribution, as for instance in the case of anisotropic targets. We propose an adaptive scheme that iteratively learns all or part of the covariance matrix of the target and takes advantage of the obtained information to modify the underlying process with the aim of increasing the speed of convergence. Moreover, we define an adaptive scheme that automatically tunes the refreshment rate of the BPS or ZZS. We prove ergodicity and a law of large numbers for all the proposed adaptive algorithms. Finally, we show the benefits of the adaptive samplers with several numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2404-2430
Number of pages27
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • Adaptive Markov process Monte Carlo
  • bouncy particle sampler
  • ergodicity
  • piecewise deterministic Markov processes
  • zig-zag sampler


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