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Bayesian Active Causal Discovery with Multi-Fidelity Experiments

Zeyu Zhang · Chaozhuo Li · Xu Chen · Xing Xie

Great Hall & Hall B1+B2 (level 1) #918
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Thu 14 Dec 8:45 a.m. PST — 10:45 a.m. PST

Abstract: This paper studies the problem of active causal discovery when the experiments can be done based on multi-fidelity oracles, where higher fidelity experiments are more precise and expensive, while the lower ones are cheaper but less accurate. In this paper, we formally define the task of multi-fidelity active causal discovery, and design a probabilistic model for solving this problem. In specific, we first introduce a mutual-information based acquisition function to determine which variable should be intervened at which fidelity, and then a cascading model is proposed to capture the correlations between different fidelity oracles. Beyond the above basic framework, we also extend it to the batch intervention scenario. We find that the theoretical foundations behind the widely used and efficient greedy method do not hold in our problem. To solve this problem, we introduce a new concept called $\epsilon$-submodular, and design a constraint based fidelity model to theoretically validate the greedy method. We conduct extensive experiments to demonstrate the effectiveness of our model.

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