Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science

Information Algebras

Generic Structures For Inference

Authors: Kohlas, Juerg

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Information usually comes in pieces, from different sources. It refers to different, but related questions. Therefore information needs to be aggregated and focused onto the relevant questions. Considering combination and focusing of information as the relevant operations leads to a generic algebraic structure for information. This book introduces and studies information from this algebraic point of view. Algebras of information provide the necessary abstract framework for generic inference procedures. They allow the application of these procedures to a large variety of different formalisms for representing information. At the same time they permit a generic study of conditional independence, a property considered as fundamental for knowledge presentation. Information algebras provide a natural framework to define and study uncertain information. Uncertain information is represented by random variables that naturally form information algebras. This theory also relates to probabilistic assumption-based reasoning in information systems and is the basis for the belief functions in the Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Information Algebras
Book Subtitle
Generic Structures For Inference
Authors
Series Title
Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-0009-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-0009-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-85233-689-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 265
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