Data Management

Compiling Relational Database Schemata Into Probabilistic Graphical Models

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Executive Summary

A majority of scientific and commercial data is stored in relational databases. Probabilistic models over such datasets would allow probabilistic queries, error checking, and inference of missing values, but to this day machine learning expertise is required to construct accurate models. Fortunately, current probabilistic programming tools ease the task of constructing such models and work in statistical relational learning has focused on making it even easier to define models specific to relational data. However, within these frameworks the user still needs to specify all the probabilistic dependencies in the data, requiring a level of expertise in probability and statistics that domain experts often do not have, thus severely restricting the practical applications of such techniques.

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