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Implicit Langevin Algorithms for Sampling From Log-concave Densities

Liam Hodgkinson, Robert Salomone, Fred Roosta; 22(136):1−30, 2021.


For sampling from a log-concave density, we study implicit integrators resulting from $\theta$-method discretization of the overdamped Langevin diffusion stochastic differential equation. Theoretical and algorithmic properties of the resulting sampling methods for $ \theta \in [0,1] $ and a range of step sizes are established. Our results generalize and extend prior works in several directions. In particular, for $\theta\ge 1/2$, we prove geometric ergodicity and stability of the resulting methods for all step sizes. We show that obtaining subsequent samples amounts to solving a strongly-convex optimization problem, which is readily achievable using one of numerous existing methods. Numerical examples supporting our theoretical analysis are also presented.

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