Heuristic Discretization Method for Bayesian Networks

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Bayesian Network (BN) is a classification technique widely used in artificial intelligence. Its structure is a Direct Acyclic Graph (DAG) used to model the association of categorical variables. However, in cases where the variables are numerical, a previous discretization is necessary. Discretization methods are usually based on a statistical approach using the data distribution, such as division by quartiles. In this paper, the authors present a discretization using a heuristic that identifies events called peak and valley. Genetic algorithm was used to identify these events having the minimization of the error between the estimated average for BN and the actual value of the numeric variable output as the objective function.

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