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Bayes linear analysis for graphical models: The geometric approach to local computation and interpretive graphics

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Darren Wilkinson


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This paper concerns the geometric treatment of graphical models using Bayes linear methods. We introduce Bayes linear separation as a second order generalised conditional independence relation, and Bayes linear graphical models are constructed using this property. A system of interpretive and diagnostic shadings are given, which summarise the analysis over the associated moral graph. Principles of local computation are outlined for the graphical models, and an algorithm for implementing such computation over the junction tree is described. The approach is illustrated with two examples. The first concerns sales forecasting using a multivariate dynamic linear model. The second concerns inference for the error variance matrices of the model for sales, and illustrates the generality of our geometric approach by treating the matrices directly as random objects. The examples are implemented using a freely available set of object-oriented programming tools for Bayes linear local computation and graphical diagnostic display.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wilkinson DJ; Goldstein M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Statistics and Computing

Year: 2000

Volume: 10

Issue: 4

Pages: 311-324

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0960-3174

ISSN (electronic): 1573-1375

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1023/A:1008977409172


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