Episode 36

#36 Bayesian Non-Parametrics & Developing Turing.jl, with Martin Trapp

Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com

I bet you already heard of Bayesian nonparametric models, at least on this very podcast. We already talked about Dirichlet Processes with Karin Knudson on episode 4, and then about Gaussian Processes with Elizaveta Semenova on episode 21. Now we’re gonna dive into the mathematical properties of these objects, to understand them better — because, as you may know, Bayesian nonparametrics are quite powerful but also very hard to fit!

Along the way, you’ll learn about probabilistic circuits, sum-product networks and — what a delight — you’ll hear from the Julia community! Indeed, my guest for this episode is no other than… Martin Trapp!

Martin is a core developer of Turing.jl, an open-source framework for probabilistic programming in Julia, and a post-doc in probabilistic machine learning at Aalto University, Finland.

Martin loves working on sum-product networks and Bayesian non-parametrics. And indeed, his research interests focus on probabilistic models that exploit structural properties to allow efficient and exact computations while maintaining the capability to model complex relationships in data. In other words, Martin’s research is focused on tractable probabilistic models.

Martin did his MsC in computational intelligence at the Vienna University of Technology and just finished his PhD in machine learning at the Graz University of Technology. He doesn’t only like to study the tractability of probabilistic models — he also is very found of climbing!

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com/ !

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A podcast on Bayesian inference - the methods, the projects and the people who make it possible!

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Alexandre Andorra

Hi! I'm your host, Alex Andorra. By day, I'm a Bayesian modeler at the PyMC Labs consultancy. By night, I don't (yet) fight crime, but I'm an open-source enthusiast and core contributor to the awesome Python packages PyMC and ArviZ.

An always-learning statistician, I love building models and studying elections and human behavior. I also love Nutella a bit too much, but I don't like talking about it – I prefer eating it.

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