Wilfrid Kendall

University of Warwick

A Dirichlet Form approach to MCMC Optimal Scaling

Probability Seminar

29th September 2017, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Main Maths Building, SM4

In this talk I will discuss the use of Dirichlet forms to deliver proofs of optimal scaling results for Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms (specifically, Metropolis-Hastings random walk samplers)
under regularity conditions which are substantially weaker than those required by the original approach (based on the use of infinitesimal generators). The Dirichlet form method has the added advantage of
providing an explicit construction of the underlying infinite-dimensional context. In particular, this enables us directly to establish weak convergence to the relevant infinite-dimensional diffusion.

Joint with Giacomo Zanella and Mylene Bédard

Zanella, G., Bédard, M., & Kendall, W. S. (2016). A Dirichlet Form approach to MCMC Optimal Scaling. To appear in Stochastic Processes and Their Applications. See also arXiv, 1606.01528, 22pp. URL:

Organisers: Benjamin Lees, Jessica Jay

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