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Has anyone reading this ever come across David Jensen's PROXIMITY package for inference and learning in probabilistic relational models?

If so, what did you think of the two manuals that can be downloaded from the same site?

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Banazir

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zaimoni
Oct. 27th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Just Googled the main link, may review later.
banazir
Nov. 6th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Proximity
Have you had a chance to look at this yet?

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Banazir
zaimoni
Nov. 6th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Proximity
I have looked at it, but have not completed the Neitzschean exercise of "beyond good and evil" required to bypass my prejudices.

The documentation is very readable, and looks like it hit a good balance between precision and immediate clarity. However, I have not installed the MonetDB server, so cannot comment on actual runtimes for the examples.

As for my prejudices:
Due to the choice of primary language (Java), the Proximity application is very dependent on the exact low-level interface of the MonetDB database engine for speed. The MonetDB documentation says it takes a significant speed hit from going through SQL rather than the direct interface.

A backup implementation using reasonably standard SQL and going through the JDBC database meta-driver would be a very reasonable extension. Yes, it wouldn't be as fast — but being able to use any database engine on hand would increase the audience. [E.g., I do have a database server installed locally: MySQL 5.0.24. I would have installed this immediately for testing if it had a backup JDBC backend.]
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