Research : Software : SGRLD

Stochastic Gradient Riemannian Langevin Dynamics for Latent Dirichlet Allocation

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This Python code implements the stochastic gradient Riemannian Langevin dynamics (SGRLD) algorithm presented in the paper "Stochastic Gradient Riemannian Langevin Dynamics on the Probability Simplex" by Sam Patterson and Yee Whye Teh at NIPS 2013. BibTeX entry:

  Author = {S. Patterson and Y. W. Teh},
  Booktitle = {Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems},
  Title = {Stochastic Gradient {R}iemannian {L}angevin Dynamics on the Probability Simplex},
  Year = {2013}}

We use cython for the Gibbs sampling step which means you need to compile:

$ python build_ext --inplace

The entry point is which runs the algorithm on articles from wikipedia. Currently it's set to download articles as it is running which is slow. It is recommended either downloading a batch and storing for subsequent runs of the experiment, as detailed in the code, or using the xml dumps of wikipedia here:

We don't have code to process those files into the required form, but there is some at

which could be adapted to do that.