Date Added: Dec 2010
Bayesian networks are basic graphical models, used widely both in statistics and artificial intelligence. These statistical models of conditional independence structure are described by acyclic directed graphs whose nodes correspond to (random) variables in consideration. A quite important topic is the learning of Bayesian network structures, which is determining the best fitting statistical model on the basis of given data. Although there are learning methods based on statistical conditional independence tests, contemporary methods are mainly based on maximization of a suitable quality criterion that evaluates how good the graph explains the occurrence of the observed data.