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Cost-Optimal Learning of Causal Graphs
Murat Kocaoglu · Alexandros Dimakis · Sriram Vishwanath

Wed Aug 09 01:30 AM -- 05:00 AM (PDT) @ Gallery #84

We consider the problem of learning a causal graph over a set of variables with interventions. We study the cost-optimal causal graph learning problem: For a given skeleton (undirected version of the causal graph), design the set of interventions with minimum total cost, that can uniquely identify any causal graph with the given skeleton. We show that this problem is solvable in polynomial time. Later, we consider the case when the number of interventions is limited. For this case, we provide polynomial time algorithms when the skeleton is a tree or a clique tree. For a general chordal skeleton, we develop an efficient greedy algorithm, which can be improved when the causal graph skeleton is an interval graph.

Author Information

Murat Kocaoglu (University of Texas at Austin)
Alex Dimakis (UT Austin)

Alex Dimakis is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley. He received an ARO young investigator award in 2014, the NSF Career award in 2011, a Google faculty research award in 2012 and the Eli Jury dissertation award in 2008. He is the co-recipient of several best paper awards including the joint Information Theory and Communications Society Best Paper Award in 2012. His research interests include information theory, coding theory and machine learning.

Sriram Vishwanath

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