Approximating Partition Functions

[Guest post by Alex Kelser, Alex Lin, Amil Merchant, and Suproteem Sarkar, scribing for a lecture by Andrej Risteski.] Andrej Risteski: Approximating Partition Functions via Variational Methods and Taylor Series For a probability distribution defined up to a constant of proportionality, we have already seen the partition function. To refresh your memory, given a probability … Continue reading Approximating Partition Functions