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Iterative Decomposition Guided Variable Neighborhood Search for Graphical Model Energy Minimization

Abstract : Graphical models factorize a global probability distribution/energy function as the prod-uct/sum of local functions. A major inference task, known as MAP in Markov Random Fields and MPE in Bayesian Networks, is to find a global assignment of all the variables with maximum a posteriori probabil-ity/minimum energy. A usual distinction on MAP solving methods is complete/incomplete, i.e. the ability to prove optimality or not. Most complete methods rely on tree search, while incomplete methods rely on local search. Among them, we study Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS) for graphical models. In this paper, we propose an iterative approach above VNS which uses (partial) tree search inside its local neighborhood exploration. The resulting hybrid method offers a good compromise between completeness and anytime behavior than existing tree search methods while still being competitive for proving optimality. We further propose a parallel version of our method improving its anytime behavior on difficult instances coming from a large graphical model benchmark. Last we experiment on the challenging minimum energy problem found in Computational Protein Design, showing the practical benefit of our parallel version. Solver at www.inra.fr/mia/T/toulbar2 v1.0.
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Abdelkader Ouali, David Allouche, Simon de Givry, Samir Loudni, Yahia Lebbah, et al.. Iterative Decomposition Guided Variable Neighborhood Search for Graphical Model Energy Minimization. Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI'17), Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia. 10 p. ⟨hal-02733961⟩

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