This fully updated new edition of a uniquely accessible textbook/reference provides a general introduction to probabilistic graphical models (PG. Ms) from an engineering perspective. It features new material on partially observable Markov decision processes, graphical models, and deep learning, as well as an even greater number of exercises.The book covers the fundamentals for each of the main classes of PG. Ms, including representation, inference and learning principles, and reviews real-world applications for each type of model. These applications are drawn from a broad range of disciplines, highlighting the many uses of Bayesian classifiers, hidden Markov models, Bayesian networks, dynamic and temporal Bayesian networks, Markov random fields, influence diagrams, and Markov decision processes.Topics and features:Presents a unified framework encompassing all of the main classes of PG. Ms. Explores the fundamental aspects of representation, inference and learning for each technique. Examines new material on partially observable Markov decision processes, and graphical models. Includes a new chapter introducing deep neural networks and their relation with probabilistic graphical models Covers multidimensional Bayesian classifiers, relational graphical models, and causal models. Provides substantial chapter-ending exercises, suggestions for further reading, and ideas for research or programming projects. Describes classifiers such as Gaussian Naive Bayes, Circular Chain Classifiers, and Hierarchical Classifiers with Bayesian Networks. Outlines the practical application of the different techniques. Suggests possible course outlines for instructors. This classroom-tested work is suitable as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate or a graduate course in probabilistic graphical models for students of computer science, engineering, and physics. Professionals wishing to apply probabilistic graphical models in their own field, or interested in the basis of these techniques, will also find the book to be an invaluable reference.Dr. Luis Enrique Sucar is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), Puebla, Mexico.
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