Jean-Noël Rivasseau

CEO and Lead Developer at Kameleoon. Expert Java / UNIX / Open-Source software engineer.


Here is a list of all my research publications or work.

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From the Jungle to the Garden: Growing Trees for Markov Chain Monte Carlo Inference in Undirected Graphical Models

In machine-learning, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) strategies such as Gibbs sampling are important approximate inference techniques. They use a Markov Chain mechanism to explore and sample the state space of a target distribution. The generated samples are then used to approximate the target distribution.

MCMC is mathematically guaranteed to converge with enough samples. Yet some complex graphical models can cause it to converge very slowly to the true distribution of interest. Improving the quality and efficiency of MCMC methods is an active topic of research in the probabilistic graphical models field. One possible method is to “block” some parts of the graph together, sampling groups of variables instead of single variables.

In this document, we concentrate on a particular blocking scheme known as tree sampling. Tree sampling operates on groups of trees, and as such requires that the graph be partitioned in a special way prior to inference. We present new algorithms to find tree partitions on arbitrary graphs. This allows tree sampling to be used on any undirected probabilistic graphical model.

This is my thesis for the completion of my Msc. degree at UBC. It contains almost all my research results in inference algorithms for undirected graphical models.
Répression et falsification: deux aspects du pouvoir soviétique reflétés dans les "tchastouchki"

This is a research report in History, with the 1917-1941 period in Russia as a background. This work investigates how repression and falsification, two of the methods used by the soviet regime to remain in power, were described in a popular form of the traditional Russian folklore, the "Tchastouchki".

This work was completed at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne , under the supervision of Professor Francis Conte. It was a requirement for the completion of my degree at Ecole Polytechnique.

Warning: This report is in French, with some quotes in Russian.