Active Learning for Parameter Estimation in Bayesian Networks

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Active Learning for Parameter Estimation in Bayesian Networks
Bayesian networks are graphical representations of probability distributions. In virtually all of the work on learning these networks, the assumption is that we are presented with a data set consisting of randomly generated instances from the underlying distribution. In many situations, however, we also have the option of active learning, where we have the possibility of guiding the sampling process by querying for certain types of samples. This paper addresses the problem of estimating the parameters of Bayesian networks in an active learning setting. We provide a theoretical framework for this problem, and an algorithm that chooses which active learning queries to generate based on the model learned so far. We present experimental results showing that our active learning algorithm can significantly reduce the need for training data in many situations.
Simon Tong, Daphne Koller
Added 01 Nov 2010
Updated 01 Nov 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where NIPS
Authors Simon Tong, Daphne Koller
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