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- The first part is devoted to the
comparison of three different frameworks for study of conditional
independence: probability theory, theory of relational databases
and Spohn's theory of ordinal conditional functions. The given examples
show that the formal properties of conditional independence arising in
these areas differ each other. On the other hand, the same method can
be used to show that there exists no finite complete axiomatic
characterization of conditional independence models (within each of
these frameworks). In the second part further frameworks for conditional
independence are discussed: Dempster-Shafer's theory, possibility theory
and (general) Shenoy's theory of valuation-based systems.
- AMS classification 68T30, 68P15, 94D05
- conditional independence
- database relation
- natural conditional function
- possibility theory
- Dempster Shafer's theory
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The paper builds on the following works:
- P.P. Shenoy: Conditional independence in valuation-based
systems. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning
10 (1994), n. 3, pp. 203-234.
- W. Spohn:
Ordinal conditional functions: a dynamic theory of epistemic
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