Date of Original Version

1990

Type

Technical Report

Rights Management

All Rights Reserved

Abstract or Description

Abstract: "Previous asymptotically correct algorithms for recovering causal structure from sample probabilities have been limited even in sparse causal graphs to a few variables. We describe an asymptotically correct algorithm whose complexity for fixed graph connectivity increases polynomially in the number of vertices, and may in practice recover sparse graphs with several hundred variables. From sample data with n = 2,000, an implementation of the algorithm on a Decstation 3100 recovers the edges in a linear version of the ALARM network with 37 vertices and 46 edges. Fewer than 8% of the undirected edges are incorrectly identified in the output.Without prior ordering information the program also determines the direction of edges for the ALARM graph with an error rate of 17%. Processing time is less than 15 seconds."

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