## Learning hybrid Bayesian networks from data (1998)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Monti98learninghybrid,

author = {Stefano Monti and Gregory F. Cooper},

title = {Learning hybrid Bayesian networks from data},

year = {1998}

}

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### Abstract

We illustrate two different methodologies for learning Hybrid Bayesian networks, that is, Bayesian networks containing both continuous and discrete variables, from data. The two methodologies differ in the way of handling continuous data when learning the Bayesian network structure. The first methodology uses discretized data to learn the Bayesian network structure, and the original non-discretized data for the parameterization of the learned structure. The second methodology uses non-discretized data both to learn the Bayesian network structure and its parameterization. For the direct handling of continuous data, we propose the use of artificial neural networks as probability estimators, to be used as an integral part of the scoring metric defined to search the space of Bayesian network structures. With both methodologies, we assume the availability of a complete dataset, with no missing values or hidden variables. We report experimental results aimed at comparing the two methodologies. These results provide evidence that learning with discretized data presents advantages both in terms of efficiency and in terms of accuracy of the learned models over the alternative approach of using non-discretized data.