## Propagating Imprecise Probabilities In Bayesian Networks (1996)

Venue: | Artificial Intelligence |

Citations: | 15 - 5 self |

### BibTeX

@ARTICLE{Kleiter96propagatingimprecise,

author = {Gernot D. Kleiter},

title = {Propagating Imprecise Probabilities In Bayesian Networks},

journal = {Artificial Intelligence},

year = {1996},

volume = {88},

pages = {143--161}

}

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### Abstract

Often experts are incapable of providing `exact' probabilities; likewise, samples on which the probabilities in networks are based must often be small and preliminary. In such cases the probabilities in the networks are imprecise. The imprecision can be handled by second-order probability distributions. It is convenient to use beta or Dirichlet distributions to express the uncertainty about probabilities. The problem of how to propagate point probabilities in a Bayesian network now is transformed into the problem of how to propagate Dirichlet distributions in Bayesian networks. It is shown that the propagation of Dirichlet distributions in Bayesian networks with incomplete data results in a system of probability mixtures of beta-binomial and Dirichlet distributions. Approximate first order probabilities and their second order probability density functions are be obtained by stochastic simulation. A number of properties of the propagation of imprecise probabilities are discuss...