Complexity analysis of Bayesian learning of high-dimensional DAG models and their equivalence classes Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider MCMC methods for learning equivalence classes of sparse Gaussian DAG models when $p = e^{o(n)}$. The main contribution of this work is a rapid mixing result for a random walk Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, which we prove using a canonical path method. It reveals that the complexity of Bayesian learning of sparse equivalence classes grows only polynomially in $n$ and $p$, under some common high-dimensional assumptions. Further, a series of high-dimensional consistency results is obtained by the path method, including the strong selection consistency of an empirical Bayes model for structure learning and the consistency of a greedy local search on the restricted search space. Rapid mixing and slow mixing results for other structure-learning MCMC methods are also derived. Our path method and mixing time results yield crucial insights into the computational aspects of high-dimensional structure learning, which may be used to develop more efficient MCMC algorithms.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, Q., & Chang, H.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021 11:11 AM