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CompSci276 Fall 2014, Belief Networks  
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Days: Monday/Wednesday Time: 2:00 pm  3:20 pm Room: ICS 180 Discussion Days: Wednesday Time: 3:30 pm  4:20 pm Room: ET 201 Instructor: Rina Dechter Office hours: Thursday 2:00 pm  3:00pm Course Description One of the main challenges in building intelligent systems is the ability to reason under uncertainty, and one of the most successful approaches for dealing with this challenge is based on the framework of Bayesian networks, also called graphical models. Intelligent systems based on Bayesian networks are being used in a variety of realworld applications including diagnosis, sensor fusion, online help systems, credit assessment, bioinformatics and data mining. The objective of this class is to provide an indepth exposition of knowledge representation and reasoning under uncertainty using the framework of Bayesian networks. Both theoretical underpinnings and practical considerations will be covered, with a special emphasis on dependency and independency models, on construction Bayesian graphical models and on exact and approximate probabilistic reasoning algorithms. Additional topics include: causal networks, learning Bayesian network parameters from data and dynamic Bayesian networks. Prerequisites
Course material The course will be based mostly on three sources:
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Assignments: There will be homework assignments and students will also be engaged in projects. Grading Policy: Homework and exam (75%), class project (25%) 