Extending a probabilistic language based upon Sampling Functions to model correlation
Probability is permeating many applications of computer science, ranging from probabilistic reasoning to stochastic simulations. Therefore, researchers have started working on domain specific languages to target probabilistic computations, in order to support better understanding and development of probabilistic models. Among the proposed approaches sampling functions is one of the most promising: distributions are described as functional mappings from the unit interval (0,1] to probability domains which allows expressing a very broad class of distributions. The key advantage of this approach lies in its ability of lifting operations on values into operations on related distributions. The current state of the art frameworks, however, lack the ability to properly express variable correlation in a clean and composable way, which is a major issue of many real-world problems. In this paper we present LiXely, a probabilistic DSL which extends the sampling functions approach by providing explicit means for expressing variable correlation in a composable way and its implementation in F#.