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Exploiting Structure in Weighted Model Counting Approaches to Probabilistic Inference

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Exploiting Structure in Weighted Model Counting Approaches to Probabilistic Inference
Previous studies have demonstrated that encoding a Bayesian network into a SAT formula and then performing weighted model counting using a backtracking search algorithm can be an effective method for exact inference. In this paper, we present techniques for improving this approach for Bayesian networks with noisy-OR and noisy-MAX relations— two relations that are widely used in practice as they can dramatically reduce the number of probabilities one needs to specify. In particular, we present two SAT encodings for noisy-OR and two encodings for noisy-MAX that exploit the structure or semantics of the relations to improve both time and space efficiency, and we prove the correctness of the encodings. We experimentally evaluated our techniques on large-scale real and randomly generated Bayesian networks. On these benchmarks, our techniques gave speedups of up to two orders of magnitude over the best previous approaches for networks with noisyOR/MAX relations and scaled up to larger ne...
Wei Li 0002, Pascal Poupart, Peter van Beek
Added 14 May 2011
Updated 14 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where JAIR
Authors Wei Li 0002, Pascal Poupart, Peter van Beek
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