Seminar by Zhaoran Hou

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 10:00 am - 10:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)

Please Note: This seminar will be held online.

Student seminar series

Zhaoran Hou
PhD student in Statistics

Link to join seminar: Hosted on Microsoft Teams

Sequential Monte Carlo for Applications in Structural Biology and Financial Time Series

Sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) methods are a set of algorithms widely used to sample from multivariate distributions of interest. We propose a new variant of SMC by extending the framework of the existing SMC method for producing unbiased particle weights to continuous state spaces. Our method provides an efficient way of sampling particles with unbiased weights to approximate the target distributions and thus can be used for Monte Carlo integration. Moreover, we demonstrate the optimality of our method in terms of minimizing the expected squared error loss. We present two applications of our method: (i) estimating the Boltzmann averages of the proposed protein structural quantities over twenty practical proteins data and the spike protein receptor-binding domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2 viruses and (ii) smoothing and parameter learning for the stochastic volatility model in financial time series.