Building Causal Interaction Models by Recursive Unfolding
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Probabilistic Graphical Models, PMLR 138:509-520, 2020.
Causal interaction models, such as the well-known noisy-or and leaky noisy-or models, have become quite popular as a means to parameterize conditional probability tables for Bayesian networks. In this paper we focus on the engineering of subnetworks to represent such models and present a novel technique called recursive unfolding for this purpose. This technique allows inserting, removing and merging cause variables in an interaction model at will, without affecting the underlying represented information. We detail the technique, with the recursion invariants involved, and illustrate its practical use for Bayesian-network engineering by means of a small example.