TY - JOUR
TI - A Formal Semantics of Influence in Bayesian Reasoning
AU - Jacobs, Bart
AU - Zanasi, Fabio
T2 - Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik GmbH, Wadern/Saarbruecken, Germany
AB - This paper proposes a formal deﬁnition of inﬂuence in Bayesian reasoning, based on the notions of state (as probability distribution), predicate, validity and conditioning. Our approach highlights how conditioning a joint entwined/entangled state with a predicate on one of its components has ‘crossover’ inﬂuence on the other components. We use the total variation metric on probability distributions to quantitatively measure such inﬂuence. These insights are applied to give a rigorous explanation of the fundamental concept of d-separation in Bayesian networks.
DA - 2017///
PY - 2017
DO - 10/ggdgbc
DP - DataCite
LA - en
UR - http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2017/8089/
Y2 - 2019/11/24/12:11:15
KW - Bayesianism
KW - Categorical probability theory
KW - Programming language theory
KW - Semantics
ER -
TY - JOUR
TI - A Predicate/State Transformer Semantics for Bayesian Learning
AU - Jacobs, Bart
AU - Zanasi, Fabio
T2 - Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
T3 - The Thirty-second Conference on the Mathematical Foundations of Programming Semantics (MFPS XXXII)
AB - This paper establishes a link between Bayesian inference (learning) and predicate and state transformer operations from programming semantics and logic. Specifically, a very general definition of backward inference is given via first applying a predicate transformer and then conditioning. Analogously, forward inference involves first conditioning and then applying a state transformer. These definitions are illustrated in many examples in discrete and continuous probability theory and also in quantum theory.
DA - 2016/10/05/
PY - 2016
DO - 10/ggdgbb
DP - ScienceDirect
VL - 325
SP - 185
EP - 200
J2 - Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science
LA - en
SN - 1571-0661
UR - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1571066116300883
Y2 - 2019/11/24/12:04:12
KW - Bayesianism
KW - Categorical ML
KW - Categorical probability theory
KW - Effectus theory
KW - Programming language theory
KW - Semantics
ER -
TY - JOUR
TI - Distributing probability over non-determinism
AU - Varacca, Daniele
AU - Winskel, Glynn
T2 - Mathematical Structures in Computer Science
DA - 2006/02/21/
PY - 2006
DO - 10/czs9sx
DP - Crossref
VL - 16
IS - 01
SP - 87
LA - en
SN - 0960-1295, 1469-8072
UR - http://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0960129505005074
Y2 - 2019/11/26/20:30:24
KW - Categorical probability theory
KW - Denotational semantics
KW - Programming language theory
ER -