AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Extending Temporal Causal Graph for Diagnosis Problems
Lamia Belouaer, Maroua Bouzid, Malek Mouhoub

Last modified: 2009-04-01


We propose a new approach for Temporal Diagnosis Problems. This approach is an extension of  Bouzid and Ligeza's  method for temporal diagnosis problems. In this latter work, the authors define a Temporal Causal Graph (TCG) where time delays are expressed as temporal instants. We extend the TCG by including two quantitative relations in order to handle temporal intervals. We call ExTCG this new model. Solving a temporal diagnosis problem represented by the ExTCG consists of finding all possible explanations. It is performed using a backtrack search algorithm. In many diagnosis applications, the generation of all possible explanations is not necessary. For this reason, we augment the ExTCG in order to consider the degree of causality between symptoms. We call weighted ExTCG this extended model. Solving it consists of finding the explanation  having the highest probability to occur. Through a real world diagnosis application in medicine, we illustrate the weighted ExTCG and its corresponding solving algorithm.

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