Representing and Inferring Causalities among Classes of Multidimensional Data

  • Kun Yue
  • Mu-Jin Wei
  • Kai-Lin Tian
  • Wei-Yi Liu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5446)


When adopting Bayesian network (BN) to represent and infer probabilistic causalities among multidimensional variables, the size of the conditional probability table (CPT) associated with each variable is doomed to be large, and the causality inferences cannot be done for arbitrary evidences. In this paper, we first extend the general BN by augmenting parameters for describing causalities among classes instead of specific instances of multidimensional variables. In the extended BN, called CBN, the CPT of a variable includes the probability of each class given parent classes, while a classifier of each variable is associated to determine the class that the given evidence belongs to. Further, we give the method for approximate inferences of the CBN for arbitrary evidences. Preliminary experiments verify the feasibility of our methods.


Multidimensional random variable Class Bayesian network Approximate inference Classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kun Yue
    • 1
  • Mu-Jin Wei
    • 1
  • Kai-Lin Tian
    • 2
  • Wei-Yi Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Information Science and EngineeringYunnan UniversityKunmingP.R. China
  2. 2.Library of Southwest Forestry UniversityKunmingP.R. China

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