AIC Seminar Series
Turning Probabilistic Reasoning into Programming
Date: Friday, November 7th 2003 at 10:00am
Location: EJ291 (Directions)
Uncertainty is ubiquitous in the real world, and probability provides
a sound way to reason under uncertainty. This fact has led to a
plethora of probabilistic representation languages such as Bayesian
networks, hidden Markov models and stochastic context-free grammars.
More recently, we have developed new probabilistic languages that
reason at the level of object, such as object-oriented Bayesian
networks and probabilistic relational models. The wide variety of
languages leads to the question of whether a general purpose
probabilistic modeling language can be developed that encompasses all
of them. This talk will describe IBAL, an attempt at developing such
a language. After presenting the IBAL language, motivating
considerations for the inference algorithm will be discussed, and the
mechanism for IBAL inference will be described.
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