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We obtain ∂L = ln q(xsi ) + 1 − βq(xsi )f( xsi ) + γi + r(Λ). 44) Setting the derivative to zero, we obtain the parametric form q(xsi ) = e−1−γi e−r(Λ) eβf (xsi ) . 45) Note that the parametric form is again exponential. The Lagrange factors Γ are easily computed from xs q(xsi ) = 1. The factors Λ have to be deteri mined from a nonlinear system of equations. Before we describe an algorithm for solving it, we describe a simple special case, the mean-ﬁeld approximation. 1 The Mean-Field Approximation In the mean-ﬁeld approximation uni-variate marginals only are used.

I=1 j∈si For the mean-ﬁeld approximation the Kullback–Leibler divergence is convex, thus the minimum exists and is unique. The minimum is obtained by setting the derivative of KLD equal to zero, using the uni-variates as variables. We abbreviate qi = q(xi = 1). Theorem 23. The uni-variate marginals of the mean-ﬁeld approximation are given by the nonlinear equation qi∗ = 1 ∂Eq . 47) 1 + e ∂qi Proof. We compute the derivative qi ∂Eq ∂KLD = ln + = 0. 47). 47) can be solved by an iteration scheme. 5 Loopy Belief Models and Region Graphs The computation of the Bethe–Kikuchi approximation is diﬃcult.

42) xsi xsj \xci Remark: The minimization problem is not convex! There might exist many local minima. Furthermore, the exact distribution might not be a local minimum if the factorization violates the RIP. The constraints make the solution of the problem diﬃcult. We again use the Lagrange function. ⎛ ⎞ m L(p, Λ, Γ ) = KLD(q|pβ ) + γi ⎝ i=1 m + i=1 xci ⎛ q(xsi ) − 1⎠ xsi λ(sj , ci ) ⎝ ⎞ q(xsj ) − q(xci )⎠ . 43) xsj \xci The minima of L are determined be setting the derivatives of L zero. The independent variables are q(xsi ), q(xci ), γi , and λ(sj , ci ).