Foundations of Probabilistic Programming

Cambridge University Press
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  • 400 Seiten
978-1-108-48851-8 (ISBN)
This book provides an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of modern probabilistic programming and presents applications in e.g., machine learning, security, and approximate computing. Comprehensive survey chapters make the material accessible to graduate students and non-experts. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
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Gilles Barthe is Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy and Research Professor at the IMDEA Software Institute, Madrid. His recent research develops programming language techniques and verification methods for probabilistic languages, with a focus on cryptographic and differentially private computations. Joost-Pieter Katoen is Professor at RWTH Aachen University and University of Twente. His research interests include formal verification, formal semantics, concurrency theory, and probabilistic computation. He co-authored the book Principles of Model Checking (2008). He received an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, is member of the Academia Europaea, and is an ERC Advanced Grant holder. Alexandra Silva is Professor of Algebra, Semantics, and Computation at University College London. A theoretical computer scientist with contributions in the areas of semantics of programming languages, concurrency theory, and probabilistic network verification, her work has been recognized by multiple awards, including the Needham Award 2018, the Presburger Award 2017, the Leverhulme Prize 2016, and an ERC Starting Grant in 2015.
1. Semantics of Probabilistic Programming: A Gentle Introduction Fredrik Dahlqvist, Alexandra Silva and Dexter Kozen; 2. Probabilistic Programs as Measures Sam Staton; 3. An Application of Computable Distributions to the Semantics of Probabilistic Programs Daniel Huang, Greg Morrisett and Bas Spitters; 4. On Probabilistic -Calculi Ugo Dal Lago; 5. Probabilistic Couplings from Program Logics Gilles Barthe and Justin Hsu; 6. Expected Runtime Analysis by Program Verification Benjamin Lucien Kaminski, Joost-Pieter Katoen and Christoph Matheja; 7. Termination Analysis of Probabilistic Programs with Martingales Krishnendu Chatterjee, Hongfei Fu and Petr Novotny; 8. Quantitative Analysis of Programs with Probabilities and Concentration of Measure Inequalities Sriram Sankaranarayanan; 9. The Logical Essentials of Bayesian Reasoning Bart Jacobs and Fabio Zanasi; 10. Quantitative Equational Reasoning Giorgio Bacci, Radu Mardare, Prakash Panangaden and Gordon Plotkin; 11. Probabilistic Abstract Interpretation: Sound Inference and Application to Privacy Jose Manuel Calderon Trilla, Michael Hicks, Stephen Magill, Piotr Mardziel and Ian Sweet; 12. Quantitative Information Flow with Monads in Haskell Jeremy Gibbons, Annabelle McIver, Carroll Morgan and Tom Schrijvers; 13. Luck: A Probabilistic Language for Testing Lampropoulos Leonidas, Benjamin C. Pierce, Li-yao Xia, Diane Gallois-Wong, Catalin Hritcu and John Hughes; 14. Tabular: Probabilistic Inference from the Spreadsheet Andrew D. Gordon, Claudio Russo, Marcin Szymczak, Johannes Borgstroem, Nicolas Rolland, Thore Graepel and Daniel Tarlow; 15. Programming Unreliable Hardware Michael Carbin and Sasa Misailovic.
'In our data-rich world, probabilistic programming is what allows programmers to perform statistical inference in a principled way for use in automated decision making. This rapidly growing field, which has emerged at the intersection of machine learning, statistics and programming languages, has the potential to become the driving force behind AI. But probabilistic programs can be counterintuitive and difficult to understand. This edited volume gives a comprehensive overview of the foundations of probabilistic programming, clearly elucidating the basic principles of how to design and reason about probabilistic programs, while at the same time highlighting pertinent applications and existing languages. With its breadth of topic coverage, the book will serve as an important and timely reference for researchers and practitioners.' Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Oxford

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