Moment Matching Denoising Gibbs Sampling

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Mingtian Zhang, Alex Hawkins-Hooker, Brooks Paige, David Barber


Energy-Based Models (EBMs) offer a versatile framework for modelling complex data distributions. However, training and sampling from EBMs continue to pose significant challenges. The widely-used Denoising Score Matching (DSM) method for scalable EBM training suffers from inconsistency issues, causing the energy model to learn a noisy data distribution. In this work, we propose an efficient sampling framework: (pseudo)-Gibbs sampling with moment matching, which enables effective sampling from the underlying clean model when given a noisy model that has been well-trained via DSM. We explore the benefits of our approach compared to related methods and demonstrate how to scale the method to high-dimensional datasets.