Veronika Rockova, University of Chicago

Uncertainty Quantification for Bayesian CART
Feb 24, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
101 - Sherrerd Hall
Event Description

This paper affords new insights about Bayesian CART in the context of structured wavelet shrinkage. We show that practically used Bayesian CART priors lead to adaptive rate-minimax posterior concentration in the supremum norm in Gaussian white noise, performing optimally up to a logarithmic factor. To further explore the benefits of structured shrinkage, we propose the g-prior for trees, which departs from the typical wavelet product priors by harnessing correlation induced by the tree topology. Building on supremum norm adaptation, an adaptive non-parametric Bernstein–von Mises theorem for Bayesian CART is derived using multi- scale techniques. For the fundamental goal of uncertainty quantification, we construct adaptive confidence bands with uniform coverage for the regression function under self-similarity. (Joint work with Ismael Castillo)