Hamiltonian Monte Carlo On Lie Groups and Constrained Mechanics on Homogeneous Manifolds

14 Mar 2019  ·  Barp Alessandro ·

In this paper we show that the Hamiltonian Monte Carlo method for compact Lie groups constructed in \cite{kennedy88b} using a symplectic structure can be recovered from canonical geometric mechanics with a bi-invariant metric. Hence we obtain the correspondence between the various formulations of Hamiltonian mechanics on Lie groups, and their induced HMC algorithms... Working on $\G\times \g$ we recover the Euler-Arnold formulation of geodesic motion, and construct explicit HMC schemes that extend \cite{kennedy88b,Kennedy:2012} to non-compact Lie groups by choosing metrics with appropriate invariances. Finally we explain how mechanics on homogeneous spaces can be formulated as a constrained system over their associated Lie groups, and how in some important cases the constraints can be naturally handled by the symmetries of the Hamiltonian. read more

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