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Common quandaries and their practical solutions in Bayesian network modelingAuthor(s): Bruce G. Marcot
Source: Ecological Modelling. 358: 1-9.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionUse and popularity of Bayesian network (BN) modeling has greatly expanded in recent years, but many common problems remain. Here, I summarize key problems in BN model construction and interpretation,along with suggested practical solutions. Problems in BN model construction include parameterizing probability values, variable definition, complex network structures, latent and confounding variables, outlier expert judgments, variable correlation, model peer review, tests of calibration and validation, model overfitting, and modeling wicked problems. Problems in BN model interpretation include objective creep, misconstruing variable influence, conflating correlation with causation, conflating proportion and expectation with probability, and using expert opinion. Solutions are offered for each problem and researchers are urged to innovate and share further solutions.
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CitationMarcot, Bruce G. 2017. Common quandaries and their practical solutions in Bayesian network modeling. Ecological Modelling. 358: 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.05.011.
KeywordsBayesian networks, modeling problems, modeling solutions, bias, machine learning, expert knowledge.
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