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A guide to the literature on learning probabilistic networks from data

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1 Author(s)
Buntine, W.L. ; Thinkbank, Berkeley, CA, USA

The literature review presented discusses different methods under the general rubric of learning Bayesian networks from data, and includes some overlapping work on more general probabilistic networks. Connections are drawn between the statistical, neural network, and uncertainty communities, and between the different methodological communities, such as Bayesian, description length, and classical statistics. Basic concepts for learning and Bayesian networks are introduced and methods are then reviewed. Methods are discussed for learning parameters of a probabilistic network, for learning the structure, and for learning hidden variables. The article avoids formal definitions and theorems, as these are plentiful in the literature, and instead illustrates key concepts with simplified examples

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Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 2 )