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Risk assessment and decision analysis with Bayesian networks

Author: Norman Fenton; Martin Neil
Publisher: Boca Raton : Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2. ed
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Since the first edition of this book published, Bayesian networks have become even more important for applications in a vast array of fields. This second edition includes new material on influence diagrams, learning from data, value of information, cybersecurity, debunking bad statistics, and much more. Focusing on practical real-world problem-solving and model building, as opposed to algorithms and theory, it  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Fenton; Martin Neil
ISBN: 9781138035119 1138035114 9781315269405 1315269406
OCLC Number: 1091602212
Notes: There Is More to Assessing Risk Than Statistics. The Need for Causal, Explanatory Models in Risk Assessment. Measuring Uncertainty: The Inevitability of Subjectivity. The Basics of Probability. Bayes' Theorem and Conditional Probability. From Bayes' Theorem to Bayesian Networks. Defining the Structure of Bayesian Networks. Building and Eliciting Node Probability Tables. Numeric Variables and Continuous Distribution Functions. Hypothesis Testing and Confidence Intervals. Modeling Operational Risk. Systems Reliability Modeling. Bayes and the Law. Learning Bayesian Networks. Decision making, Influence Diagrams and Value of information. Bayesian networks in forensics. Using Bayesian networks to debunk bad statistics. Bayesian networks for football prediction. Appendix A: The Basics of Counting. Appendix B: The Algebra of Node Probability Tables. Appendix C: Junction Tree Algorithm. Appendix D: Dynamic Discretization. Appendix E: Statistical Distributions.
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Contents: There Is More to Assessing Risk Than Statistics. The Need for Causal, Explanatory Models in Risk Assessment. Measuring Uncertainty: The Inevitability of Subjectivity. The Basics of Probability. Bayes' Theorem and Conditional Probability. From Bayes' Theorem to Bayesian Networks. Defining the Structure of Bayesian Networks. Building and Eliciting Node Probability Tables. Numeric Variables and Continuous Distribution Functions. Hypothesis Testing and Confidence Intervals. Modeling Operational Risk. Systems Reliability Modeling. Bayes and the Law. Learning Bayesian Networks. Decision making, Influence Diagrams and Value of information. Bayesian networks in forensics.Using Bayesian networks to debunk bad statistics. Bayesian networks for football prediction. Appendix A: The Basics of Counting. Appendix B: The Algebra of Node Probability Tables. Appendix C: Junction Tree Algorithm. Appendix D: Dynamic Discretization. Appendix E: Statistical Distributions.

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Since the first edition of this book published, Bayesian networks have become even more important for applications in a vast array of fields. This second edition includes new material on influence diagrams, learning from data, value of information, cybersecurity, debunking bad statistics, and much more. Focusing on practical real-world problem-solving and model building, as opposed to algorithms and theory, it explains how to incorporate knowledge with data to develop and use (Bayesian) causal models of risk that provide more powerful insights and better decision making than is possible from purely data-driven solutions. Features Provides all tools necessary to build and run realistic Bayesian network models Supplies extensive example models based on real risk assessment problems in a wide range of application domains provided; for example, finance, safety, systems reliability, law, forensics, cybersecurity and more Introduces all necessary mathematics, probability, and statistics as needed Establishes the basics of probability, risk, and building and using Bayesian network models, before going into the detailed applications A dedicated website contains exercises and worked solutions for all chapters along with numerous other resources. The AgenaRisk software contains a model library with executable versions of all of the models in the book. Lecture slides are freely available to accredited academic teachers adopting the book on their course.

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