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Practical probabilistic inference

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dc.contributor.advisor Whitman Richards. en_US Morris, Quaid Donald Jozef, 1972- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. en_US 2006-03-24T18:09:34Z 2006-03-24T18:09:34Z 2003 en_US 2003 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. in Computational Neuroscience)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2003. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 157-163). en_US
dc.description.abstract The design and use of expert systems for medical diagnosis remains an attractive goal. One such system, the Quick Medical Reference, Decision Theoretic (QMR-DT), is based on a Bayesian network. This very large-scale network models the appearance and manifestation of disease and has approximately 600 unobservable nodes and 4000 observable nodes that represent, respectively, the presence and measurable manifestation of disease in a patient. Exact inference of posterior distributions over the disease nodes is extremely intractable using generic algorithms. Inference can be made much more efficient by exploiting the QMR-DT's unique structure. Indeed, tailor-made inference algorithms for the QMR-DT efficiently generate exact disease posterior marginals for some diagnostic problems and accurate approximate posteriors for others. In this thesis, I identify a risk with using the QMR-DT disease posteriors for medical diagnosis. Specifically, I show that patients and physicians conspire to preferentially report findings that suggest the presence of disease. Because the QMR-DT does not contain an explicit model of this reporting bias, its disease posteriors may not be useful for diagnosis. Correcting these posteriors requires augmenting the QMR-DT with additional variables and dependencies that model the diagnostic procedure. I introduce the diagnostic QMR-DT (dQMR-DT), a Bayesian network containing both the QMR-DT and a simple model of the diagnostic procedure. Using diagnostic problems sampled from the dQMR-DT, I show the danger of doing diagnosis using disease posteriors from the unaugmented QMR-DT. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) I introduce a new class of approximate inference methods, based on feed-forward neural networks, for both the QMR-DT and the dQMR-DT. I show that these methods, recognition models, generate accurate approximate posteriors on the QMR-DT, on the dQMR-DT, and on a version of the dQMR-DT specified only indirectly through a set of presolved diagnostic problems. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Quaid Donald Jozef Morris. en_US
dc.format.extent 163 leaves en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Brain and Cognitive Sciences. en_US
dc.title Practical probabilistic inference en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Computational Neuroscience en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 54792349 en_US

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