User Interface Tools for Navigation in Conditional Probability Tables and Elicitation of Probabilities in Bayesian Networks
Haiqin Wang, Marek Druzdzel
Elicitation of probabilities is one of the most laborious tasks in building decision-theoretic models, and one that has so far received only moderate attention in decision-theoretic systems. We propose a set of user interface tools for graphical probabilistic models, focusing on two aspects of probability elicitation: (1) navigation through conditional probability tables and (2) interactive graphical assessment of discrete probability distributions. We propose two new graphical views that aid navigation in very large conditional probability tables: the CPTree (Conditional Probability Tree) and the SCPT (shrinkable Conditional Probability Table). Based on what is known about graphical presentation of quantitative data to humans, we offer several useful enhancements to probability wheel and bar graph, including different chart styles and options that can be adapted to user preferences and needs. We present the results of a simple usability study that proves the value of the proposed tools.
Keywords: Bayesian Network, Probability Elicitation, User Interface, Navigation
PS Link: http://www.isp.pitt.edu/~whq/paper/UAI2000.ps
PDF Link: /papers/00/p617-wang.pdf
AUTHOR = "Haiqin Wang
and Marek Druzdzel",
TITLE = "User Interface Tools for Navigation in Conditional Probability Tables and Elicitation of Probabilities in Bayesian Networks",
BOOKTITLE = "Proceedings of the Sixteenth Conference Annual Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI-00)",
PUBLISHER = "Morgan Kaufmann",
ADDRESS = "San Francisco, CA",
YEAR = "2000",
PAGES = "617--625"