Developer's Meeting Notes 8/24/12

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At the Developers Meeting on 8/24/12 we discussed the following:

  • Steve discussed the group's original approach to multi-level modeling. This approach generated some inefficiency when scaling. In particular, larger numbers of observations caused a quadratic time increase. However, within the last week Steve and Tim have discovered a strategy that groups observations and covariances by pairs which results in only a linear time increase. In short, the current approach to multi-level modeling takes tall matrices and turns them into wide and then works on the matrices in the wide matrices.
  • The group also discussed the topic for an upcoming paper that discusses an information theoretic approach to determining the amount of information gained from a new measurement/prediction by the optimizer. In particular, what does this measurement suggest about a new dynamic approach to optimization that is distributed in a 'Middle' type of way. Mike Hunter suggested looking into the Kullback-Leibler Divergence to measure this.
  • The group discussed how this paper would help potential funding opportunities. The group also discussed potential funding opportunities for this work and OpenMX
  • Tim Brick discussed and distributed the new proposal for mxFit and mxExpectation.
  • Rhyne discussed his progress with WLS and a current test case that is reporting a positive number when an answer <=0 is expected.
  • The group also discussed this MetaSim error and the amount of additional information that will be needed to diagnosis it.