Modelling dependable systems using hybrid Bayesian networks

  • Neil M
  • Tailor M
  • Marquez D
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Abstract

A hybrid Bayesian network (BN) is one that incorporates both discrete and continuous nodes. In our extensive applications of BNs for system dependability assessment, the models are invariably hybrid and the need for efficient and accurate computation is paramount. We apply a new iterative algorithm that efficiently combines dynamic discretisation with robust propagation algorithms on junction tree structures to perform inference in hybrid BNs. We illustrate its use in the field of dependability with two example of reliability estimation. Firstly we estimate the reliability of a simple single system and next we implement a hierarchical Bayesian model. In the hierarchical model we compute the reliability of two unknown subsystems from data collected on historically similar subsystems and then input the result into a reliability block model to compute system level reliability. We conclude that dynamic discretisation can be used as an alternative to analytical or Monte Carlo methods with high precision and can be applied to a wide range of dependability problems.

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  • bayesian networks
  • bayesian software
  • dynamic discretisation
  • systems dependability

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Authors

  • Martin Neil

  • Manesh Tailor

  • David Marquez

  • Norman Fenton

  • Peter Hearty

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