## A Parallel Learning Algorithm for Bayesian Inference Networks

Venue: | IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering |

Citations: | 4 - 0 self |

### BibTeX

@ARTICLE{Lam_aparallel,

author = {Wai Lam and Alberto Maria Segre},

title = {A Parallel Learning Algorithm for Bayesian Inference Networks},

journal = {IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering},

year = {},

volume = {2002},

pages = {93--105}

}

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### Abstract

We present a new parallel algorithm for learning Bayesian inference networks from data. Our learning algorithm exploits both properties of the MDL-based score metric, and a distributed, asynchronous, adaptive search technique called nagging. Nagging is intrinsically fault tolerant, has dynamic load balancing features, and scales well. We demonstrate the viability, effectiveness, and scalability of our approach empirically with several experiments using on the order of 20 machines. More specifically, we show that our distributed algorithm can provide optimal solutions for larger problems as well as good solutions for Bayesian networks of up to 150 variables. Keywords: Machine Learning, Bayesian Networks, Minimum Description Length Principle, Distributed Systems Support for this research was provided by the Office of Naval Research through grant N0014-94-1-1178, and by the Advanced Research Project Agency through Rome Laboratory Contract Number F30602-93-C-0018 via Odyssey Research As...