MATH 7017 Probabilistic Graphical Models

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301365

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Description Modelling data provides us with a method for inference, but there are many occurrences when interest lies in the reasoning behind the decision making. In this unit, students learn to model processes and the reasoning behind the processes using probabilistic graphical models. The unit investigates the construction and application of model-based approaches for complex systems. Students will manually create models based on prior knowledge and investigate methods of learning model structures from data, which can be used to make decisions under uncertainty. Topics covered include Monte Carlo Methods, Decision Theory, Bayesian networks, Markov networks, and the use of information theory.

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 7016

Assumed Knowledge

Probability, Linear Algebra, Basic Programming.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Manually construct probabilistic models for specific data.
  2. Automatically construct probabilistic models by learning from data.
  3. Use the models to make decisions under uncertainty.
  4. Accurately represent a probabilistic model using a graphical representation.

Subject Content

1.Network representation and graphical models
2.Probabilistic models and entropy
3.Inference in graphical models
4.Learning graphical models


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 6x40min 30 N Individual
Applied Project 15 pages 40 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 2 hours 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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