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ERIC Number: ED556380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 149
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-9151-8
Explaining Inference on a Population of Independent Agents Using Bayesian Networks
Sutovsky, Peter
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
The main goal of this research is to design, implement, and evaluate a novel explanation method, the hierarchical explanation method (HEM), for explaining Bayesian network (BN) inference when the network is modeling a population of conditionally independent agents, each of which is modeled as a subnetwork. For example, consider disease-outbreak detection in which the agents are patients who are modeled as independent, conditioned on the factors that cause disease spread. Given evidence about these patients, such as their symptoms, suppose that the BN system infers that a respiratory anthrax outbreak is highly likely. A public-health official who received such a report would generally want to know "why" anthrax is being given a high posterior probability. The HEM explains such inferences. The explanation approach is applicable in general to inference on BNs that model conditionally independent agents; it complements previous approaches for explaining inference on BNs that model a single agent (e.g., for explaining the diagnostic inference for a single patient using a BN that models just that patient). The hypotheses that were tested are: (1) the proposed explanation method provides information that helps a user to understand how and why the inference results have been obtained, (2) the proposed explanation method helps to improve the quality of the inferences that users draw from evidence. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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