UAI 2016 Inference Evaluation

Organizer: Vibhav Gogate (Email: vgogate at hlt dot utdallas dot edu)

Solver Requirements

Solver File Specification

Solver submissions should be uploaded as a single zipped file. Each submission should extract (through the linux unzip command) to a directory named solver. It is important that solver is the root directory. The solver directory must contain an exectuable file named solver. This file can be a binary executable or a bash script. The directory can contain any other files needed by the solver routine. All solver submissions must follow this specific format. Solvers that do not meet the requirements will not be evaluated.

Execution Environment

The evaluations will be run on Intel i7 machines running Linux with up to 4 GB memory made available (some memory will be reserved for evaluation scripts, etc.). We request that solvers be 64-bit executables, using only a single core (i.e., no parallel processes/threads). A solver will have available the following environment variables:

  • INF_TIME: total CPU runtime limit (in seconds, e.g., “60”, “1200”, “3600”);

  • INF_MEMORY: total memory limit (in gigabytes, e.g., “2.5”);

The solver's exit status will be recorded, treating 0 as normal and other numbers as an error. Processes exceeding time or memory limits will be killed (via a SIGKILL signal), and the final output solution (see format below) will be taken as the solver solution. In case a solution is not available, a naive one (e.g. bit-wise univariate potential maximum for the MAP task) will be assumed.

Command-line Format

A solver will receive as input a filename of the model, a filename for the evidence, the query filename, and the task to solve ( PR| MPE| MAR| MMAP). The query filename is only relevant to the marginal MAP task. Solvers working on the other three tasks should ignore this file.

./solver <input-model-file> <input-evidence-file>  <input-query-file>  <PR|MPE|MAR|MMAP>

The formats are described here:

Output Format

The solver should generate a file and write the results to it. The output file should have the same name as the input model file, but with the added suffix “.XXX” where XXX is the task being solved (PR, MAR etc.). For example, after calling:

./solver Nets/grid5X5.uai Evid/grid5X5.uai.evid Query/grid5x5.uai.query  PR

The solution should be found in the working directory in a file named grid5X5.uai.PR. Please remember to the write output file to the working directory. Solver output to stdout and stderr will be logged, for debugging purposes.