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Characterization and greedy learning of interventional Markov equivalence classes of directed acyclic graphs
, 2012
"... The investigation of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) encoding the same Markov property, that is the same conditional independence relations of multivariate observational distributions, has a long tradition; many algorithms exist for model selection and structure learning in Markov equivalence classes ..."
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The investigation of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) encoding the same Markov property, that is the same conditional independence relations of multivariate observational distributions, has a long tradition; many algorithms exist for model selection and structure learning in Markov equivalence classes. In this paper, we extend the notion of Markov equivalence of DAGs to the case of interventional distributions arising from multiple intervention experiments. We show that under reasonable assumptions on the intervention experiments, interventional Markov equivalence defines a finer partitioning of DAGs than observational Markov equivalence and hence improves the identifiability of causal models. We give a graph theoretic criterion for two DAGs being Markov equivalent under interventions and show that each interventional Markov equivalence class can, analogously to the observational case, be uniquely represented by a chain graph called interventional essential graph (also known as CPDAG in the observational case). These are key insights for deriving a generalization of the Greedy Equivalence Search algorithm aimed at structure learning from interventional data. This new algorithm is evaluated in a simulation study.
Combining experiments to discover linear cyclic models with latent variables
 In AISTATS 2010
, 2010
"... We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure conta ..."
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We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure contains feedback loops and latent variables, while the experiments can involve surgical or ‘soft ’ interventions on one or multiple variables at a time. The algorithm is ‘online’ in the sense that it combines the results from any set of available experiments, can incorporate background knowledge and resolves conflicts that arise from combining results from different experiments. In addition we provide a necessary and sufficient condition that (i) determines when the algorithm can uniquely return the true graph, and (ii) can be used to select the next best experiment until this condition is satisfied. We demonstrate the method by applying it to simulated data and the flow cytometry data of Sachs et al (2005). 1
Causal discovery for linear cyclic models with latent variables
"... We consider the problem of identifying the causal relationships among a set of variables in the presence of both feedback loops and unmeasured confounders. This is a challenging task which, for full identification, typically requires the use of randomized experiments. For linear systems, Eberhardt e ..."
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We consider the problem of identifying the causal relationships among a set of variables in the presence of both feedback loops and unmeasured confounders. This is a challenging task which, for full identification, typically requires the use of randomized experiments. For linear systems, Eberhardt et al (2010) recently provided a procedure for integrating data from several experiments, and gave a corresponding, but demanding, identifiability condition. In this paper we (i) characterize the underdetermination of the model when the identifiability condition is not fully satisfied, (ii) show that their algorithm is complete with regard to the search space and the assumptions, and (iii) extend the procedure to incorporate the common assumption of faithfulness, and any prior knowledge. The resulting method typically resolves much additional structure and often yields full identification with many fewer experiments. We demonstrate our procedure using simulated data, and apply it to the protein signaling dataset of Sachs et al (2005). 1
Supplement to “Reversible MCMC on Markov equivalence classes of sparse directed acyclic graphs"
, 2013
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Two optimal strategies for active learning of causal models from interventions
 In Proceedings of the 6th European Workshop on Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGM 2012
"... From observational data alone, a causal DAG is only identifiable up to Markov equivalence. Interventional data generally improves identifiability; however, the gain of an intervention strongly depends on the intervention target, that is, the intervened variables. We present active learning (that is, ..."
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From observational data alone, a causal DAG is only identifiable up to Markov equivalence. Interventional data generally improves identifiability; however, the gain of an intervention strongly depends on the intervention target, that is, the intervened variables. We present active learning (that is, optimal experimental design) strategies calculating optimal interventions for two different learning goals. The first one is a greedy approach using singlevertex interventions that maximizes the number of edges that can be oriented after each intervention. The second one yields in polynomial time a minimum set of targets of arbitrary size that guarantees full identifiability. This second approach proves a conjecture of Eberhardt (2008) indicating the number of unbounded intervention targets which is sufficient and in the worst case necessary for full identifiability. In a simulation study, we compare our two active learning approaches to random interventions and an existing approach, and analyze the influence of estimation errors on the overall performance of active learning.
Causal Discovery as a Game
"... This paper presents a game theoretic approach to causal discovery. The problem of causal discovery is framed as a game of the Scientist against Nature, in which Nature attempts to hide its secrets for as long as possible, and the Scientist makes her best effort at discovery while minimizing cost. Th ..."
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This paper presents a game theoretic approach to causal discovery. The problem of causal discovery is framed as a game of the Scientist against Nature, in which Nature attempts to hide its secrets for as long as possible, and the Scientist makes her best effort at discovery while minimizing cost. This approach provides a very general framework for the assessment of different search procedures and a principled way of modeling the effect of choices between different experiments.
Ecole Doctorale “Sciences et Technologies de l’Information des Télécommunications et des Systèmes” LASERS INP SUR CIRCUITS SILICIUM POUR APPLICATIONS EN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
, 2013
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. Combining Experiments to Discover Linear Cyclic Models with Latent Variables
"... We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure conta ..."
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We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure contains feedback loops and latent variables, while the experiments can involve surgical or ‘soft ’ interventions on one or multiple variables at a time. The algorithm is ‘online’ in the sense that it combines the results from any set of available experiments, can incorporate background knowledge and resolves conflicts that arise from combining results from different experiments. In addition we provide a necessary and sufficient condition that (i) determines when the algorithm can uniquely return the true graph, and (ii) can be used to select the next best experiment until this condition is satisfied. We demonstrate the method by applying it to simulated data and the flow cytometry data of Sachs et al (2005). 1
Published In Combining Experiments to Discover Linear Cyclic Models with Latent Variables
, 2010
"... We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure c ..."
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We present an algorithm to infer causal relations between a set of measured variables on the basis of experiments on these variables. The algorithm assumes that the causal relations are linear, but is otherwise completely general: It provides consistent estimates when the true causal structure contains feedback loops and latent variables, while the experiments can involve surgical or ‘soft ’ interventions on one or multiple variables at a time. The algorithm is ‘online’ in the sense that it combines the results from any set of available experiments, can incorporate background knowledge and resolves conflicts that arise from combining results from different experiments. In addition we provide a necessary and sufficient condition that (i) determines when the algorithm can uniquely return the true graph, and (ii) can be used to select the next best experiment until this condition is satisfied. We demonstrate the method by applying it to simulated data and the flow cytometry data of Sachs et al (2005). 1