Credal Sum-Product Networks

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Denis D. Mauá, Fabio G. Cozman, Diarmaid Conaty, Cassio P. Campos ;
Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Imprecise Probability: Theories and Applications, PMLR 62:205-216, 2017.

Abstract

Sum-product networks are a relatively new and increasingly popular class of (precise) probabilistic graphical models that allow for marginal inference with polynomial effort. As with other probabilistic models, sum-product networks are often learned from data and used to perform classification. Hence, their results are prone to be unreliable and overconfident. In this work, we develop credal sum-product networks, an imprecise extension of sum-product networks. We present algorithms and complexity results for common inference tasks. We apply our algorithms on realistic classification task using images of digits and show that credal sum-product networks obtained by a perturbation of the parameters of learned sum-product networks are able to distinguish between reliable and unreliable classifications with high accuracy.

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