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Learning Bayesian Networks is NPHard
, 1994
"... Algorithms for learning Bayesian networks from data have two components: a scoring metric and a search procedure. The scoring metric computes a score reflecting the goodnessoffit of the structure to the data. The search procedure tries to identify network structures with high scores. Heckerman et ..."
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Algorithms for learning Bayesian networks from data have two components: a scoring metric and a search procedure. The scoring metric computes a score reflecting the goodnessoffit of the structure to the data. The search procedure tries to identify network structures with high scores. Heckerman et al. (1994) introduced a Bayesian metric, called the BDe metric, that computes the relative posterior probability of a network structure given data. They show that the metric has a property desireable for inferring causal structure from data. In this paper, we show that the problem of deciding whether there is a Bayesian networkamong those where each node has at most k parentsthat has a relative posterior probability greater than a given constant is NPcomplete, when the BDe metric is used. 1 Introduction Recently, many researchers have begun to investigate methods for learning Bayesian networks, including Bayesian methods [Cooper and Herskovits, 1991, Buntine, 1991, York 1992, Spiegel...
The maxmin hillclimbing bayesian network structure learning algorithm
 Machine Learning
, 2006
"... Abstract. We present a new algorithm for Bayesian network structure learning, called MaxMin HillClimbing (MMHC). The algorithm combines ideas from local learning, constraintbased, and searchandscore techniques in a principled and effective way. It first reconstructs the skeleton of a Bayesian n ..."
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Abstract. We present a new algorithm for Bayesian network structure learning, called MaxMin HillClimbing (MMHC). The algorithm combines ideas from local learning, constraintbased, and searchandscore techniques in a principled and effective way. It first reconstructs the skeleton of a Bayesian network and then performs a Bayesianscoring greedy hillclimbing search to orient the edges. In our extensive empirical evaluation MMHC outperforms on average and in terms of various metrics several prototypical and stateoftheart algorithms, namely the PC, Sparse Candidate, Three Phase Dependency Analysis, Optimal Reinsertion, Greedy Equivalence Search, and Greedy Search. These are the first empirical results simultaneously comparing most of the major Bayesian network algorithms against each other. MMHC offers certain theoretical advantages, specifically over the Sparse Candidate algorithm, corroborated by our experiments. MMHC and detailed results of our study are publicly available at
Adaptive forwardbackward greedy algorithm for learning sparse representations
 IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory
, 2011
"... Consider linear prediction models where the target function is a sparse linear combination of a set of basis functions. We are interested in the problem of identifying those basis functions with nonzero coefficients and reconstructing the target function from noisy observations. Two heuristics that ..."
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Consider linear prediction models where the target function is a sparse linear combination of a set of basis functions. We are interested in the problem of identifying those basis functions with nonzero coefficients and reconstructing the target function from noisy observations. Two heuristics that are widely used in practice are forward and backward greedy algorithms. First, we show that neither idea is adequate. Second, we propose a novel combination that is based on the forward greedy algorithm but takes backward steps adaptively whenever beneficial. We prove strong theoretical results showing that this procedure is effective in learning sparse representations. Experimental results support our theory. 1
Estimating highdimensional directed acyclic graphs with the pcalgorithm
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2005
"... We consider the PCalgorithm (Spirtes et al., 2000) for estimating the skeleton and equivalence class of a very highdimensional directed acyclic graph (DAG) with corresponding Gaussian distribution. The PCalgorithm is computationally feasible and often very fast for sparse problems with many nodes ..."
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We consider the PCalgorithm (Spirtes et al., 2000) for estimating the skeleton and equivalence class of a very highdimensional directed acyclic graph (DAG) with corresponding Gaussian distribution. The PCalgorithm is computationally feasible and often very fast for sparse problems with many nodes (variables), and it has the attractive property to automatically achieve high computational efficiency as a function of sparseness of the true underlying DAG. We prove uniform consistency of the algorithm for very highdimensional, sparse DAGs where the number of nodes is allowed to quickly grow with sample size n, as fast as O(n a) for any 0 < a < ∞. The sparseness assumption is rather minimal requiring only that the neighborhoods in the DAG are of lower order than sample size n. We also demonstrate the PCalgorithm for simulated data. Keywords: asymptotic consistency, DAG, graphical model, PCalgorithm, skeleton 1.
Learning the structure of linear latent variable models
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2006
"... We describe anytime search procedures that (1) find disjoint subsets of recorded variables for which the members of each subset are dseparated by a single common unrecorded cause, if such exists; (2) return information about the causal relations among the latent factors so identified. We prove the ..."
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We describe anytime search procedures that (1) find disjoint subsets of recorded variables for which the members of each subset are dseparated by a single common unrecorded cause, if such exists; (2) return information about the causal relations among the latent factors so identified. We prove the procedure is pointwise consistent assuming (a) the causal relations can be represented by a directed acyclic graph (DAG) satisfying the Markov Assumption and the Faithfulness Assumption; (b) unrecorded variables are not caused by recorded variables; and (c) dependencies are linear. We compare the procedure with standard approaches over a variety of simulated structures and sample sizes, and illustrate its practical value with brief studies of social science data sets. Finally, we
Structure learning in random fields for heart motion abnormality detection
 In CVPR
, 2008
"... Coronary Heart Disease can be diagnosed by assessing the regional motion of the heart walls in ultrasound images of the left ventricle. Even for experts, ultrasound images are difficult to interpret leading to high intraobserver variability. Previous work indicates that in order to approach this pr ..."
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Coronary Heart Disease can be diagnosed by assessing the regional motion of the heart walls in ultrasound images of the left ventricle. Even for experts, ultrasound images are difficult to interpret leading to high intraobserver variability. Previous work indicates that in order to approach this problem, the interactions between the different heart regions and their overall influence on the clinical condition of the heart need to be considered. To do this, we propose a method for jointly learning the structure and parameters of conditional random fields, formulating these tasks as a convex optimization problem. We consider blockL1 regularization for each set of features associated with an edge, and formalize an efficient projection method to find the globally optimal penalized maximum likelihood solution. We perform extensive numerical experiments comparing the presented method with related methods that approach the structure learning problem differently. We verify the robustness of our method on echocardiograms collected in routine clinical practice at one hospital. 1.
Improved learning of Bayesian networks
 Proc. of the Conf. on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence
, 2001
"... Two or more Bayesian network structures are Markov equivalent when the corresponding acyclic digraphs encode the same set of conditional independencies. Therefore, the search space of Bayesian network structures may be organized in equivalence classes, where each of them represents a different set o ..."
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Two or more Bayesian network structures are Markov equivalent when the corresponding acyclic digraphs encode the same set of conditional independencies. Therefore, the search space of Bayesian network structures may be organized in equivalence classes, where each of them represents a different set of conditional independencies. The collection of sets of conditional independencies obeys a partial order, the socalled “inclusion order.” This paper discusses in depth the role that the inclusion order plays in learning the structure of Bayesian networks. In particular, this role involves the way a learning algorithm traverses the search space. We introduce a condition for traversal operators, the inclusion boundary condition, which, when it is satisfied, guarantees that the search strategy can avoid local maxima. This is proved under the assumptions that the data is sampled from a probability distribution which is faithful to an acyclic digraph, and the length of the sample is unbounded. The previous discussion leads to the design of a new traversal operator and two new learning algorithms in the context of heuristic search and the Markov Chain Monte Carlo method. We carry out a set of experiments with synthetic and realworld data that show empirically the benefit of striving for the inclusion order when learning Bayesian networks from data.
Structure Learning of Bayesian Networks using Constraints
"... This paper addresses exact learning of Bayesian network structure from data and expert’s knowledge based on score functions that are decomposable. First, it describes useful properties that strongly reduce the time and memory costs of many known methods such as hillclimbing, dynamic programming and ..."
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This paper addresses exact learning of Bayesian network structure from data and expert’s knowledge based on score functions that are decomposable. First, it describes useful properties that strongly reduce the time and memory costs of many known methods such as hillclimbing, dynamic programming and sampling variable orderings. Secondly, a branch and bound algorithm is presented that integrates parameter and structural constraints with data in a way to guarantee global optimality with respect to the score function. It is an anytime procedure because, if stopped, it provides the best current solution and an estimation about how far it is from the global solution. We show empirically the advantages of the properties and the constraints, and the applicability of the algorithm to large data sets (up to one hundred variables) that cannot be handled by other current methods (limited to around 30 variables). 1.
Dynamics of Large Networks
, 2008
"... A basic premise behind the study of large networks is that interaction leads to complex collective behavior. In our work we found very interesting and counterintuitive patterns for time evolving networks, which change some of the basic assumptions that were made in the past. We then develop models ..."
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A basic premise behind the study of large networks is that interaction leads to complex collective behavior. In our work we found very interesting and counterintuitive patterns for time evolving networks, which change some of the basic assumptions that were made in the past. We then develop models that explain processes which govern the network evolution, fit such models to real networks, and use them to generate realistic graphs or give formal explanations about their properties. In addition, our work has a wide range of applications: it can help us spot anomalous graphs and outliers, forecast future graph structure and run simulations of network evolution. Another important aspect of our research is the study of “local ” patterns and structures of propagation in networks. We aim to identify building blocks of the networks and find the patterns of influence that these blocks have on information or virus propagation over the network. Our recent work included the study of the spread of influence in a large persontoperson
On Local Optima in Learning Bayesian Networks
, 2003
"... This paper proposes and evaluates the kgreedy equivalence search algorithm (KES) for learning Bayesian networks (BNs) from complete data. The main characteristic of KES is that it allows a tradeoff between greediness and randomness, thus exploring different good local optima when run repeatedly. W ..."
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This paper proposes and evaluates the kgreedy equivalence search algorithm (KES) for learning Bayesian networks (BNs) from complete data. The main characteristic of KES is that it allows a tradeoff between greediness and randomness, thus exploring different good local optima when run repeatedly. When