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Learning and Inference in Bayesian Belief Networks

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PyBBN is Python library for Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) exact inference using the junction tree algorithm or Probability Propagation in Trees of Clusters. The implementation is taken directly from C. Huang and A. Darwiche, “Inference in Belief Networks: A Procedural Guide,” in International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, vol. 15, pp. 225–263, 1999. PyBBN also has approximate inference algorithm using Gibbs sampling for linear Gaussian BBN models. The exact inference algorithm is for BBNs that have all variables that are discrete, while the approximate inference algorithm is for BBNs that have all variables that are continuous (and assume to take a multivariate Gaussian distribution). Additionally, there is the ability to generate singly- and multi-connected graphs, which is taken from JS Ide and FG Cozman, “Random Generation of Bayesian Network,” in Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2507.

Exact Inference Usage

Below is an example code to create a Bayesian Belief Network, transform it into a join tree, and then set observation evidence. The last line prints the marginal probabilities for each node.

from pybbn.graph.dag import Bbn
from pybbn.graph.edge import Edge, EdgeType
from pybbn.graph.jointree import EvidenceBuilder
from pybbn.graph.node import BbnNode
from pybbn.graph.variable import Variable
from pybbn.pptc.inferencecontroller import InferenceController

# create the nodes
a = BbnNode(Variable(0, 'a', ['on', 'off']), [0.5, 0.5])
b = BbnNode(Variable(1, 'b', ['on', 'off']), [0.5, 0.5, 0.4, 0.6])
c = BbnNode(Variable(2, 'c', ['on', 'off']), [0.7, 0.3, 0.2, 0.8])
d = BbnNode(Variable(3, 'd', ['on', 'off']), [0.9, 0.1, 0.5, 0.5])
e = BbnNode(Variable(4, 'e', ['on', 'off']), [0.3, 0.7, 0.6, 0.4])
f = BbnNode(Variable(5, 'f', ['on', 'off']), [0.01, 0.99, 0.01, 0.99, 0.01, 0.99, 0.99, 0.01])
g = BbnNode(Variable(6, 'g', ['on', 'off']), [0.8, 0.2, 0.1, 0.9])
h = BbnNode(Variable(7, 'h', ['on', 'off']), [0.05, 0.95, 0.95, 0.05, 0.95, 0.05, 0.95, 0.05])

# create the network structure
bbn = Bbn() \
    .add_node(a) \
    .add_node(b) \
    .add_node(c) \
    .add_node(d) \
    .add_node(e) \
    .add_node(f) \
    .add_node(g) \
    .add_node(h) \
    .add_edge(Edge(a, b, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(a, c, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(b, d, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(c, e, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(d, f, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(e, f, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(c, g, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(e, h, EdgeType.DIRECTED)) \
    .add_edge(Edge(g, h, EdgeType.DIRECTED))

# convert the BBN to a join tree
join_tree = InferenceController.apply(bbn)

# insert an observation evidence
ev = EvidenceBuilder() \
    .with_node(join_tree.get_bbn_node_by_name('a')) \
    .with_evidence('on', 1.0) \

# print the marginal probabilities
for node in join_tree.get_bbn_nodes():
    potential = join_tree.get_bbn_potential(node)

Approximate Inference Usage

Below is an example to create a linear Gaussian BBN and perform inference.

import numpy as np
from pybbn.lg.graph import Dag, Parameters, Bbn

# create the directed acylic graph
dag = Dag()
dag.add_edge(0, 1)

# create parameters
means = np.array([0, 25])
cov = np.array([
    [1.09, 1.95],
    [1.95, 4.52]
params = Parameters(means, cov)

# create the bayesian belief network
bbn = Bbn(dag, params)

# do the inference
M, C = bbn.do_inference()

# set the evidence on node 0 to a value of 1
bbn.set_evidence(0, 1)
M, C = bbn.do_inference()

# set the evidence on node 1 to a value of 20
bbn.set_evidence(1, 20)
M, C = bbn.do_inference()


To build, you will need Python 2.7 or 3.7. Managing environments through Anaconda is highly recommended to be able to build this project (though not absolutely required if you know what you are doing). Assuming you have installed Anaconda, you may create an environment as follows (make sure you cd into the root of this project’s location).

For Python 2.7.

conda env create -f environment-py27.yml
conda activate pybbn27
python -m ipykernel install --user --name pybbn27 --display-name "pybbn27"

For Python 3.7.

conda env create -f environment-py37.yml
conda activate pybbn37
python -m ipykernel install --user --name pybbn37 --display-name "pybbn37"

Then you may build the project as follows. (Note that in Python 3.6 you will get some warnings).

make build

To build the documents, go into the docs sub-directory and type in the following.

make html


Use pip to install the package as it has been published to PyPi.

pip install pybbn

Other Python Bayesian Belief Network Inference Libraries

Here is a list of other Python libraries for inference in Bayesian Belief Networks.

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