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Lifting WALKSAT-Based Local Search Algorithms for MAP Inference

Last modified: 2013-06-29

#### Abstract

In this short position paper, we consider MaxWalkSAT, a local search algorithm for MAP inference in probabilistic graphical models, and lift it to the first-order level, yielding a powerful algorithm for MAP inference in Markov logic networks (MLNs). Lifted MaxWalkSAT is based on the observation that if the MLN is monadic, namely if each predicate is unary then MaxWalkSAT is completely liftable in the sense that no grounding is required at inference time. We propose to utilize this observation in a straight-forward manner: convert the MLN to an equivalent monadic MLN by grounding a subset of its logical variables and then apply lifted MaxWalkSAT on it. It turns out however that the problem of finding the smallest subset of logical variables which when grounded will yield a monadic MLN is NP-hard in general and therefore we propose an approximation algorithm for solving it.

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