Properly initialized Bayesian Network for decision making leveraging random forest

Yutaka Iwakami, Hironori Takuma, Motoi Iwashita


Bayesian network is one of major methods for probabilistic inference among items. But if it contains particular targeting node and other explanatory nodes for decision making, for example how to select suitable appealing keywords to make customers like a product, edges around the target should be counted with more importance than those among others while constructing the network. In order to achieve this adjustment, this study proposes to configure initial state consisting of a few nodes and their edges connected with the target. The initial state is obtained by leveraging Random forest which is a proven method for decision making. Initial nodes are extracted by measuring mean decrease of Gini coefficient calculated with decision trees of Random forest. Initial edges are designated by comparing Kullback-Leibler divergences of conditional probability distribution among nodes which are corresponding to edge directions. Through an actual experiment, this method is confirmed to be effective for adjusting Bayesian network in decision making. This approach is especially useful for business scenes, such as selecting preferable keywords for appealing products over SNS.

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Artificial Intelligence Research

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