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Algebraic Statistics in Model Selection
Luis Garcia
We develop the necessary theory in computational algebraic geometry to place Bayesian networks into the realm of algebraic statistics. We present an algebra{statistics dictionary focused on statistical modeling. In particular, we link the notion of effiective dimension of a Bayesian network with the notion of algebraic dimension of a variety. We also obtain the independence and non{independence constraints on the distributions over the observable variables implied by a Bayesian network with hidden variables, via a generating set of an ideal of polynomials associated to the network. These results extend previous work on the subject. Finally, the relevance of these results for model selection is discussed.
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Pages: 177-184
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AUTHOR = "Luis Garcia ",
TITLE = "Algebraic Statistics in Model Selection",
BOOKTITLE = "Proceedings of the Twentieth Conference Annual Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-04)",
ADDRESS = "Arlington, Virginia",
YEAR = "2004",
PAGES = "177--184"

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