PhD Seminar • Artificial Intelligence • Scalable Bayesian Network Structure Learning with SplinesExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — 12:00 PM EDT

Please note: This PhD seminar will be given online.

Charupriya Sharma, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Supervisor: Professor Peter van Beek

The graph structure of a Bayesian network (BN) can be learned from data using the well-known score-and-search approach. Previous work has shown that incorporating structured representations of the conditional probability distributions (CPDs) into the score-and-search approach can improve the accuracy of the learned graph. We present a novel approach capable of learning the graph of a BN and simultaneously modelling linear and non-linear local probabilistic relationships between variables.

We achieve this by a combination of feature selection to reduce the search space for local relationships and extending the score-and-search approach to incorporate modelling the CPDs over variables as Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines (MARS). MARS are polynomial regression models represented as piecewise spline functions. We show on a set of discrete and continuous benchmark instances that our proposed approach can improve the accuracy of the learned graph while scaling to instances with a large number of variables.


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200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada
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