Approximation Methods for Efficient Learning of Bayesian Networks
- Riggelsen, C.
- Pub. date
- January 2008
- 168 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
- ISBN print
- ISBN online
- Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science
This publication offers and investigates efficient Monte Carlo simulation methods in order to realize a Bayesian approach to approximate learning of Bayesian networks from both complete and incomplete data. For large amounts of incomplete data when Monte Carlo methods are inefficient, approximations are implemented, such that learning remains feasible, albeit non-Bayesian. Topics discussed are; basic concepts about probabilities, graph theory and conditional independence; Bayesian network learning from data; Monte Carlo simulation techniques; and the concept of incomplete data. In order to provide a coherent treatment of matters, thereby helping the reader to gain a thorough understanding of the whole concept of learning Bayesian networks from (in)complete data, this publication combines in a clarifying way material previously published by the author, with unpublished work.