Tools

Tool name * Netica
Description

Netica is a powerful, easy-to-use, complete program for working with belief networks and influence diagrams. It has an intuitive and smooth user interface for drawing the networks, and the relationships between variables may be entered as individual probabilities, in the form of equations, or learned from data files (which may be in ordinary tab-delimited form and have 'missing data'). Belief networks (also known as Bayesian networks, Bayes networks and causal probabilistic networks), provide a method to represent relationships between propositions or variables, even if the relationships involve uncertainty, unpredictability or imprecision. They may be learned automatically from data files, created by an expert, or developed by a combination of the two. They capture knowledge in a modular form that can be transported from one situation to another; it is a form people can understand, and which allows a clear visualization of the relationships involved. By adding decision variables (things that can be controlled), and utility variables (things we want to optimize) to the relationships of a belief network, a decision network (also known as an influence diagram) is formed. This can be used to find optimal decisions, control systems, or plans.

 

Category All, Decision Support
What step(s) in analysis framework 2a, 2b, 2c
What step(s) in Governance framework
inputs

Equations or data files (which may be in ordinary tab-delimited form and have 'missing data')

Data Quality Required

Not available

Modification Required

Not available

Expertise Required

Not available

Spatial and Temporal

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Outputs

Visualized networks

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