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2008.110: On filling-in missing conditional probabilities in causal networks

2008.110: J. B. Paris (2008) On filling-in missing conditional probabilities in causal networks.

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This paper considers the problem and appropriateness of filling-in missing conditional probabilities in causal networks by the use of maximum entropy. Results generalizing earlier work of Rhodes, Garside & Holmes are proved straightforwardly by the direct application of principles satisfied by the maximum entropy inference process under the assumed uniqueness of the maximum entropy solution. It is however demonstrated that the implicit assumption of uniqueness in the Rhodes, Garside & Holmes papers may fail even in the case of inverted trees. An alternative approach to filling in missing values using the limiting centre of mass inference process is then described which does not suffer this shortcoming, is trivially computationally feasible and arguably enjoys more justification in the context when the probabilities are objective (for example derived from frequencies) than by taking maximum entropy values.

Item Type:MIMS Preprint
Uncontrolled Keywords:Missing Information, Causal Networks, Maximum Entropy, Centre of Mass.
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 03 Mathematical logic and foundations
MIMS number:2008.110
Deposited By:Ms Lucy van Russelt
Deposited On:06 November 2008

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