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About approxposterior


Package license: MIT

Feedstock license: BSD 3-Clause

Summary: Python implementation of Bayesian Approximate Posterior Estimation algorithm

This package is a Python implementation of Bayesian Active Learning for Posterior Estimation by Kandasamy et al. (2015) and Adaptive Gaussian process approximation for Bayesian inference with expensive likelihood functions by Wang & Li (2017). These algorithms allows the user to compute approximate posterior probability distributions using computationally expensive forward models by training a Gaussian Process (GP) surrogate for the likelihood evaluation. The algorithms leverage the inherent uncertainty in the GP's predictions to identify high-likelihood regions in parameter space where the GP is uncertain. The algorithms then run the forward model at these points to compute their likelihood and re-trains the GP to maximize the GP's predictive ability while minimizing the number of forward model evaluations. Check out Bayesian Active Learning for Posterior Estimation by Kandasamy et al. (2015) and Adaptive Gaussian process approximation for Bayesian inference with expensive likelihood functions by Wang & Li (2017) for in-depth descriptions of the respective algorithms.

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Installing approxposterior

Installing approxposterior from the conda-forge channel can be achieved by adding conda-forge to your channels with:

conda config --add channels conda-forge

Once the conda-forge channel has been enabled, approxposterior can be installed with:

conda install approxposterior

It is possible to list all of the versions of approxposterior available on your platform with:

conda search approxposterior --channel conda-forge

About conda-forge

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conda-forge is a community-led conda channel of installable packages. In order to provide high-quality builds, the process has been automated into the conda-forge GitHub organization. The conda-forge organization contains one repository for each of the installable packages. Such a repository is known as a feedstock.

A feedstock is made up of a conda recipe (the instructions on what and how to build the package) and the necessary configurations for automatic building using freely available continuous integration services. Thanks to the awesome service provided by CircleCI, AppVeyor and TravisCI it is possible to build and upload installable packages to the conda-forge Anaconda-Cloud channel for Linux, Windows and OSX respectively.

To manage the continuous integration and simplify feedstock maintenance conda-smithy has been developed. Using the conda-forge.yml within this repository, it is possible to re-render all of this feedstock's supporting files (e.g. the CI configuration files) with conda smithy rerender.

For more information please check the conda-forge documentation.


feedstock - the conda recipe (raw material), supporting scripts and CI configuration.

conda-smithy - the tool which helps orchestrate the feedstock. Its primary use is in the construction of the CI .yml files and simplify the management of many feedstocks.

conda-forge - the place where the feedstock and smithy live and work to produce the finished article (built conda distributions)

Updating approxposterior-feedstock

If you would like to improve the approxposterior recipe or build a new package version, please fork this repository and submit a PR. Upon submission, your changes will be run on the appropriate platforms to give the reviewer an opportunity to confirm that the changes result in a successful build. Once merged, the recipe will be re-built and uploaded automatically to the conda-forge channel, whereupon the built conda packages will be available for everybody to install and use from the conda-forge channel. Note that all branches in the conda-forge/approxposterior-feedstock are immediately built and any created packages are uploaded, so PRs should be based on branches in forks and branches in the main repository should only be used to build distinct package versions.

In order to produce a uniquely identifiable distribution:

  • If the version of a package is not being increased, please add or increase the build/number.
  • If the version of a package is being increased, please remember to return the build/number back to 0.

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