Discret graphical models- an optimization perspecti

Por • 2 feb, 2020 • Sección: Opinion

Bogdan Savchynskyy

This monograph is about discrete energy minimization for discrete graphical models. It considers graphical models, or, more precisely, maximum a posteriori inference for graphical models, purely as a combinatorial optimization problem. Modeling, applications, probabilistic interpretations and many other aspects are either ignored here or find their place in examples and remarks only. It covers the integer linear programming formulation of the problem as well as its linear programming, Lagrange and Lagrange decomposition-based relaxations. In particular, it provides a detailed analysis of the polynomially solvable acyclic and submodular problems, along with the corresponding exact optimization methods. Major approximate methods, such as message passing and graph cut techniques are also described and analyzed comprehensively. The monograph can be useful for undergraduate and graduate students studying optimization or graphical models, as well as for experts in optimization who want to have a look into graphical models. To make the monograph suitable for both categories of readers we explicitly separate the mathematical optimization background chapters from those specific to graphical models.

arXiv:2001.09017v1 [math.OC]

Optimization and Control (math.OC); Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV); Discrete Mathematics (cs.DM)

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