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The recent explosion in research on probabilistic data mining algorithms such as Bayesian networks has been focused primarily on their use in diagnostics, predictionand efficient inference. In this paper, we examine the use of Bayesian networks for a different purpose: lossless compression of large datasets. We present algorithms for automatically learning Bayesian networks and new structures called "Huffman networks" that model statistical relationships in the datasets, and algorithms for using these models to then compress the datasets. These algorithms often achieve significantly better compression ratios than achieved with common dictionary-based algorithms such those used by programs like ZIP.


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1999 Knowledge Discovery from Databases (KDD '99).