CEBA talks 2020-2021
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Stochastic Gradient Variational Bayes and Normalizing Flows for Estimating Macroeconomic Models

Authors: Ramis Khabibullin and Sergei Seleznev


Abstract: We illustrate the ability of the stochastic gradient variational Bayes algorithm, which is a very popular machine learning tool, to work with macrodata and macromodels. Choosing two approximations (mean-field and normalizing flows), we test properties of algorithms for a set of models and show that these models can be estimated fast despite the presence of estimated hyperparameters. Finally, we discuss the difficulties and possible directions of further research.


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