Workshop: Workshop on Agent Learning in Open-Endedness

Streaming Inference for Infinite Non-Stationary Clustering

Rylan Schaeffer · Gabrielle Liu · Yilun Du · Scott Linderman · Ila Fiete


Learning from a continuous stream of non-stationary data in an unsupervised manner is arguably one of the most common and most challenging settings facing intelligent agents. Here, we attack learning under all three conditions (unsupervised, streaming, non-stationary) in the context of clustering, also known as mixture modeling. We introduce a novel clustering algorithm that endows mixture models with the ability to create new clusters online, as demanded by the data, in a probabilistic and principled manner. To achieve this, we first define a novel stochastic process called the Dynamical Chinese Restaurant Process (Dynamical CRP), which is a non-exchangeable distribution over partitions of a set; then, we show that the Dynamical CRP provides a non-stationary prior over cluster assignments and yields an efficient streaming variational inference algorithm. We conclude with preliminary experiments showing that the Dynamical CRP can be applied on diverse data.

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