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Journal of Inverse and Ill-posed Problems

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Volume 22, Issue 3


Bayesian posterior contraction rates for linear severely ill-posed inverse problems

Sergios Agapiou / Andrew M. Stuart / Yuan-Xiang Zhang
Published Online: 2013-12-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jip-2012-0071


We consider a class of linear ill-posed inverse problems arising from inversion of a compact operator with singular values which decay exponentially to zero. We adopt a Bayesian approach, assuming a Gaussian prior on the unknown function. The observational noise is assumed to be Gaussian; as a consequence the prior is conjugate to the likelihood so that the posterior distribution is also Gaussian. We study Bayesian posterior consistency in the small observational noise limit. We assume that the forward operator and the prior and noise covariance operators commute with one another. We show how, for given smoothness assumptions on the truth, the scale parameter of the prior, which is a constant multiplier of the prior covariance operator, can be adjusted to optimize the rate of posterior contraction to the truth, and we explicitly compute the logarithmic rate.

Keywords: Gaussian prior; posterior consistency; rate of contraction; severely ill-posed problems

MSC: 62G20; 62C10; 35R30; 45Q05

About the article

Received: 2012-10-01

Published Online: 2013-12-05

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Funding Source: China Scholarship Council

Funding Source: NNSF of China

Award identifier / Grant number: 11171136

Funding Source: ERC

Citation Information: Journal of Inverse and Ill-posed Problems, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages 297–321, ISSN (Online) 1569-3945, ISSN (Print) 0928-0219, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jip-2012-0071.

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