Bayesian Networks and Decision Graphs (second edition)

Finn V. Jensen and Thomas D. Nielsen

Published by Springer Verlag 2007

Probabilistic graphical models and decision graphs are powerful modeling tools for reasoning and decision making under uncertainty. As modeling languages they allow a natural specification of problem domains with inherent uncertainty, and from a computational perspective they support efficient algorithms for automatic construction and query answering. This includes belief updating, finding the most probable explanation for the observed evidence, detecting conflicts in the evidence entered into the network, determining optimal strategies, analyzing for relevance, and performing sensitivity analysis.

The book gives an introduction to both probabilistic graphical models and decision graphs, including Bayesian networks and influence diagrams. The reader is introduced to the two types of frameworks through examples and exercises, which also instructs the reader on how to build these models. The book is a new edition of the book Bayesian networks and decision graphs by Finn V. Jensen. The new edition is structured into two parts. The first part focuses on probabilistic graphical models, and compared to the previous book the new edition also includes a thorough description of recent extensions to the Bayesian network modeling language, advances in exact and approximate belief updating algorithms, and methods for learning both the structure and the parameters of a Bayesian network. The second part deals with decision graphs, and in addition to the frameworks described in the previous edition it also gives an introduction to Markov decision process and partially ordered decision problems. The authors also

The book is intended as a text book for both a hands-on course and a graduate course, but it can also be used for self-study and as a reference book.
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