[SciPy-user] is there any plan to import BNT(bayesian network toolkit) from matlab?

Stéfan van der Walt stefan@sun.ac...
Thu Apr 10 13:33:32 CDT 2008


We have a master's student who is interested in doing the initial
port, and I hope we can form a productive collaboration: he has the
time and you guys have a vision.  It would be helpful if you could
either discuss the idea further here, or expand the wiki page, so that
I can give him a concrete plan to start with.

Amongs other things, I'd like to know which parts are most important
to port (i.e. which parts are not already provided by other
libraries), how we should refactor the interface to best make use of
Python's strong object oriented facilities (maybe this will develop
intuitively), and which references to use in docstrings (Chris
Bishop's book looks like a good place to start?).


On 08/04/2008, Karl Young <Karl.Young@ucsf.edu> wrote:
>  Just confirming Andrew's assessment of my situation (the description of
>  his situation fits mine as well). I'm certainly willing to put some time
>  into this project but don't have the time to organize it; while not an
>  expert in either Bayes nets or python hacking I've done a fair amount of
>  work with both (as well as Matlab in the ancient past, which might be of
>  some use with the port).
>  >See http://scipy.org/scipy/scikits/wiki/BayesNet . There are plans, the
>  >BNT license is scipy-compatible, and there are already 5 people
>  >interesting in developing. Speaking for myself, however, this has taken
>  >a lower priority than I initially expected due to the ever-changing
>  >energy landscape of a research program -- I'm simply too busy on other
>  >stuff right now to contribute meaningfully. I suspect the situation may
>  >be similar for the others listed.
>  >
>  >Nonetheless, we would welcome effort in this direction.
>  >
>  >-Andrew

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