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The authors propose a high-level scenario recognition algorithm for video sequence interpretation. The recognition of scenarios is based on a Bayesian networks approach. The model of a scenario contains two main layers. The first one allows events from the observed visual features to be highlighted and the second layer is focused on the temporal reasoning stage. The temporal layer uses specific nodes permitting an event-based approach. These nodes focus on the lifetime of events highlighted from the results of the first layer. The temporal layer then estimates the qualitative and quantitative relations between the different temporal events helpful for the recognition task. The global recognition algorithm is illustrated over real indoor image sequences of an abandoned baggage scenario.