An Empirical Evaluation of Possible Variations of Lazy Propagation
As real-world Bayesian networks continue to grow larger and more complex, it is important to investigate the possibilities for improving the performance of existing algorithms of probabilistic inference. Motivated by examples, we investigate the dependency of the performance of Lazy propagation on the message computation algorithm. We show how Symbolic Probabilistic Inference (SPI) and Arc-Reversal (AR) can be used for computation of clique to clique messages in the addition to the traditional use of Variable Elimination (VE). In addition, the paper resents the results of an empirical evaluation of the performance of Lazy propagation using VE, SPI, and AR as the message computation algorithm. The results of the empirical evaluation show that for most networks, the performance of inference did not depend on the choice of message computation algorithm, but for some randomly generated networks the choice had an impact on both space and time performance. In the cases where the choice had an impact, AR produced the best results.
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AUTHOR = "Anders Madsen
TITLE = "An Empirical Evaluation of Possible Variations of Lazy Propagation",
BOOKTITLE = "Proceedings of the Twentieth Conference Annual Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-04)",
PUBLISHER = "AUAI Press",
ADDRESS = "Arlington, Virginia",
YEAR = "2004",
PAGES = "366--373"