Factored performance functions and decision making in continuous time Bayesian networks

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The continuous time Bayesian network (CTBN) is a probabilistic graphical model that enables reasoning about complex, interdependent, and continuous-time subsystems. The model uses nodes to denote subsystems and arcs to denote conditional dependence. This dependence manifests in how the dynamics of a subsystem changes based on the current states of its parents in the network. While the original CTBN definition allows users to specify the dynamics of how the system evolves, users might also want to place value expressions over the dynamics of the model in the form of performance functions. We formalize these performance functions for the CTBN and show how they can be factored in the same way as the network, allowing what we argue is a more intuitive and explicit representation. For cases in which a performance function must involve multiple nodes, we show how to augment the structure of the CTBN to account for the performance interaction while maintaining the factorization of a single performance function for each node. We introduce the notion of optimization for CTBNs, and show how a family of performance functions can be used as the evaluation criteria for a multi-objective optimization procedure.




Sturlaugson, Liessman, Logan Perreault, and John W Sheppard. "Factored performance functions and decision making in continuous time Bayesian networks." Journal of Applied Logic (January 2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.jal.2016.11.030.
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