Hey all!

I am trying to use the multivariate normal random walk to forecast values in the future. The best way to do this (at least in JAGS) is to add nans to the observed data. I tried to do that using pymc3 because I want to try out some of the very nice VI tools, but I can’t quite get it to work. I have attached a minimal reproducible example where you can toggle on the nan and see it fail or leave it off and see it successfully sample.

Thanks!

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from scipy.linalg import cholesky
from pymc3.distributions import Continuous
import scipy as sp
import theano.tensor as T
import theano.tensor.nlinalg
import sys
import pymc3 as pm
import theano.tensor.slinalg as sla
X = np.random.normal(size=(3,3))
class mvNormalRandomWalk(Continuous):
def __init__(self, mu=0., cov=1., *args, **kwargs):
super(mvNormalRandomWalk, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
self.cov = cov
self.mu = mu
def logp(self, x):
mu = self.mu
x_im1 = x[:-1]
x_i = x[1:]
L = sla.cholesky(self.cov)
log_det = T.log(L.diagonal()).sum()
delta = x_i - (x_im1+mu)
solve_lower_triangular = sla.Solve(A_structure='lower_triangular', lower=True)
Linv_delta = solve_lower_triangular(L,delta.T)
k = L.shape[0]
innov_like = -(0.5*k*T.log(2*np.pi) + log_det + 0.5*T.sum(Linv_delta*Linv_delta,axis=0))
return T.sum(innov_like)
n_samples = 5000
Sigma = np.random.randn(3,5)
Sigma = Sigma.dot(Sigma.T)
#TURN OFF OR ON
#X[0,0] = np.nan
with pm.Model() as model:
mu = pm.MvNormal('mu',mu=np.zeros(3), cov=np.eye(3),shape=3)
likelihood = mvNormalRandomWalk('y',mu=mu,cov=Sigma,observed=X[0:3,0:3])
step = pm.NUTS()
trace = pm.sample(n_samples, step)
```