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Learning Bayesian Network Structure by Self-Generating Prior Information: The Two-Step Clustering-Based Strategy
Yikun Zhang, Yang Liu, Jiming Liu

Last modified: 2018-06-20


Structure learning is a fundamental and challenging issue in dealing with Bayesian networks. In this paper we introduce a two-step clustering-based strategy, which can automatically generate prior information from data in order to further improve the accuracy and time efficiency of state-of-the-art algorithms in Bayesian network structure learning. Our clustering-based strategy is composed of two steps. In the first step, we divide the potential nodes into several groups via clustering analysis and apply Bayesian network structure learning to obtain some pre-existing arcs within each cluster. In the second step, with all the within-cluster arcs being well preserved, we learn the between-cluster structure of the given network. Experimental results on benchmark data sets show that a wide range of structure learning algorithms benefit from the proposed clustering-based strategy in terms of both accuracy and efficiency.


Bayesian networks; Clustering analysis; Prior information

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