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Learning Bayesian networks: The combination of knowledge and statistical data
 Machine Learning
, 1995
"... We describe scoring metrics for learning Bayesian networks from a combination of user knowledge and statistical data. We identify two important properties of metrics, which we call event equivalence and parameter modularity. These properties have been mostly ignored, but when combined, greatly simpl ..."
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We describe scoring metrics for learning Bayesian networks from a combination of user knowledge and statistical data. We identify two important properties of metrics, which we call event equivalence and parameter modularity. These properties have been mostly ignored, but when combined, greatly simplify the encoding of a user’s prior knowledge. In particular, a user can express his knowledge—for the most part—as a single prior Bayesian network for the domain. 1
Rationality and its Roles in Reasoning
 Computational Intelligence
, 1994
"... The economic theory of rationality promises to equal mathematical logic in its importance for the mechanization of reasoning. We survey the growing literature on how the basic notions of probability, utility, and rational choice, coupled with practical limitations on information and resources, in ..."
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The economic theory of rationality promises to equal mathematical logic in its importance for the mechanization of reasoning. We survey the growing literature on how the basic notions of probability, utility, and rational choice, coupled with practical limitations on information and resources, influence the design and analysis of reasoning and representation systems. 1 Introduction People make judgments of rationality all the time, usually in criticizing someone else's thoughts or deeds as irrational, or in defending their own as rational. Artificial intelligence researchers construct systems and theories to perform or describe rational thought and action, criticizing and defending these systems and theories in terms similar to but more formal than those of the man or woman on the street. Judgments of human rationality commonly involve several different conceptions of rationality, including a logical conception used to judge thoughts, and an economic one used to judge actions or...
Toward normative expert systems: Part I. The pathfinder project
 Methods Inf. Med
, 1992
"... Pathfinder is an expert system that assists surgical pathologists with the diagnosis of lymphnode diseases. The program is one of a growing number of normative expert systems that use probability and decision theory to acquire, represent, manipulate, and explain uncertain medical knowledge. In this ..."
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Pathfinder is an expert system that assists surgical pathologists with the diagnosis of lymphnode diseases. The program is one of a growing number of normative expert systems that use probability and decision theory to acquire, represent, manipulate, and explain uncertain medical knowledge. In this article, we describe Pathfinder and our research in uncertainreasoning paradigms that was stimulated by the development of the program. We discuss limitations with early decisiontheoretic methods for reasoning under uncertainty and our initial attempts to use nondecisiontheoretic methods. Then, we describe experimental and theoretical results that directed us to return to reasoning methods based in probability and decision theory.
DecisionTheoretic Foundations for Causal Reasoning
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1995
"... We present a definition of cause and effect in terms of decisiontheoretic primitives and thereby provide a principled foundation for causal reasoning. Our definition departs from the traditional view of causation in that causal assertions may vary with the set of decisions available. We argue that ..."
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We present a definition of cause and effect in terms of decisiontheoretic primitives and thereby provide a principled foundation for causal reasoning. Our definition departs from the traditional view of causation in that causal assertions may vary with the set of decisions available. We argue that this approach provides added clarity to the notion of cause. Also in this paper, we examine the encoding of causal relationships in directed acyclic graphs. We describe a special class of influence diagrams, those in canonical form, and show its relationship to Pearl's representation of cause and effect. Finally, we show how canonical form facilitates counterfactual reasoning. 1. Introduction Knowledge of cause and effect is crucial for modeling the affects of actions. For example, if we observe a statistical correlation between smoking and lung cancer, we can not conclude from this observation alone that our chances of getting lung cancer will change if we stop smoking. If, however, we als...
Scoring functions for learning Bayesian networks
, 2009
"... The aim of this work is to benchmark scoring functions used by Bayesian network learning algorithms in the context of classification. We considered both informationtheoretic scores, such as LL, AIC, BIC/MDL, NML and MIT, and Bayesian scores, such as K2, BD, BDe and BDeu. We tested the scores in a c ..."
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The aim of this work is to benchmark scoring functions used by Bayesian network learning algorithms in the context of classification. We considered both informationtheoretic scores, such as LL, AIC, BIC/MDL, NML and MIT, and Bayesian scores, such as K2, BD, BDe and BDeu. We tested the scores in a classification task by learning the optimal TAN classifier with benchmark datasets. We conclude that, in general, informationtheoretic scores perform better than Bayesian scores.