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An Empirical Comparison of Bayesian Network Parameter Learning Algorithms for Continuous Data Streams
Parot Ratnapinda, Marek J. Druzdzel

Last modified: 2013-05-19


We compare three approaches to learning numerical parameters of Bayesian networks from continuous data streams: (1) the EM algorithm applied to all data, (2) the EM algorithm applied to data increments, and (3) the online EM algorithm. Our results show that learning from all data at each step, whenever feasible, leads to the highest parameter accuracy and model classification accuracy. When facing computational limitations, incremental learning approaches are a reasonable alternative. Of these, online EM is reasonably fast, and similar to the incremental EM algorithm in terms of accuracy. For small data sets, incremental EM seems to lead to better accuracy. When the data size gets large, online EM tends to be more accurate.


Bayesian networks;EM algorithm;Parameter learning

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