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Double-Parallel Monte Carlo for Bayesian Analysis of Big Data Jia, Bochao


This paper proposes a simple, practical and efficient MCMC algorithm for Bayesian analysis of big data. The proposed algorithm suggests to divide the big dataset into some smaller subsets and provides a simple method to aggregate the subset posteriors to approximate the full data posterior. To further speed up computation, the proposed algorithm employs the population stochastic approximation Monte Carlo (Pop-SAMC) algorithm, a parallel MCMC algorithm, to simulate from each subset posterior. Since this algorithm consists of two levels of parallel, data parallel and simulation parallel, it is coined as â Double Parallel Monte Carloâ . The validity of the proposed algorithm is justified mathematically and numerically.

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