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Beliefs in Markov Trees - From Local Computations to Local Valuation

Abstract · Apr 12, 2017 12:30 ·

hyperedges hypergraph belief valuation shafer propagation bayesian distributions shenoy cs-ai

Arxiv Abstract

  • Mieczysław A. Kłopotek

This paper is devoted to expressiveness of hypergraphs for which uncertainty propagation by local computations via Shenoy/Shafer method applies. It is demonstrated that for this propagation method for a given joint belief distribution no valuation of hyperedges of a hypergraph may provide with simpler hypergraph structure than valuation of hyperedges by conditional distributions. This has vital implication that methods recovering belief networks from data have no better alternative for finding the simplest hypergraph structure for belief propagation. A method for recovery tree-structured belief networks has been developed and specialized for Dempster-Shafer belief functions

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