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Practical Probabilistic Programming by Avi Pfeffer

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Chapter 4. Probabilistic models and probabilistic programs

This chapter covers

  • The definition of a probabilistic model
  • How probabilistic models are used to answer queries
  • The ingredients of a probabilistic model, including variables, dependencies, functional forms, and numbers
  • How a probabilistic program represents the ingredients of a probabilistic model

Part 1 of this book introduced probabilistic programming. You learned that a probabilistic reasoning system uses a probabilistic model to answer queries, given evidence, and that probabilistic programming uses a program to represent the probabilistic model. This part of the book goes deeper into representing probabilistic models. You’ll learn a variety of programming techniques for writing ...

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