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Convolutional Factor Graphs as Probabilistic Models

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Convolutional Factor Graphs as Probabilistic Models
Based on a recent development in the area of error control coding, we introduce the notion of convolutional factor graphs (CFGs) as a new class of probabilistic graphical models. In this context, the conventional factor graphs are referred to as multiplicative factor graphs (MFGs). This paper shows that CFGs are natural models for probability functions when summation of independent latent random variables is involved. In particular, CFGs capture a large class of linear models, where the linearity is in the sense that the observed variables are obtained as a linear transformation of the latent variables taking arbitrary distributions. We use Gaussian models and independent factor models as examples to demonstrate the use of CFGs. The requirement of a linear transformation between latent variables (with certain independence restriction) and the observed variables, to an extent, limits the modelling flexibility of CFGs. This structural restriction however provides a powerful analytic too...
Yongyi Mao, Frank R. Kschischang, Brendan J. Frey
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where UAI
Authors Yongyi Mao, Frank R. Kschischang, Brendan J. Frey
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