Kristian Kersting

Kristian Kersting is Professor in the Computer Science Department and the Centre for Cognitive Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt.

  • An Introduction to Lifted Probabilistic Inference

    An Introduction to Lifted Probabilistic Inference

    Guy Van den Broeck, Kristian Kersting, Sriraam Natarajan, and David Poole

    Recent advances in the area of lifted inference, which exploits the structure inherent in relational probabilistic models.

    Statistical relational AI (StaRAI) studies the integration of reasoning under uncertainty with reasoning about individuals and relations. The representations used are often called relational probabilistic models. Lifted inference is about how to exploit the structure inherent in relational probabilistic models, either in the way they are expressed or by extracting structure from observations. This book covers recent significant advances in the area of lifted inference, providing a unifying introduction to this very active field.

    After providing necessary background on probabilistic graphical models, relational probabilistic models, and learning inside these models, the book turns to lifted inference, first covering exact inference and then approximate inference. In addition, the book considers the theory of liftability and acting in relational domains, which allows the connection of learning and reasoning in relational domains.


    Babak Ahmadi, Hendrik Blockeel, Hung Bui, Yuqiao Chen, Arthur Choi, Jaesik Choi, Adnan Darwiche, Jesse Davis, Rodrigo de Salvo Braz, Pedro Domingos, Daan Fierens, Martin Grohe, Fabian Hadiji, Seyed Mehran Kazemi, Kristian Kersting, Roni Khardon, Angelika Kimmig, Jacek Kisyński, Daniel Lowd, Wannes Meert, Martin Mladenov, Raymond Mooney, Sriraam Natarajan, Mathias Niepert, David Poole, Scott Sanner, Pascal Schweitzer, Nima Taghipour, Guy Van den Broeck

    • Paperback $70.00


  • Introduction to Statistical Relational Learning

    Introduction to Statistical Relational Learning

    Lise Getoor and Ben Taskar

    Advanced statistical modeling and knowledge representation techniques for a newly emerging area of machine learning and probabilistic reasoning; includes introductory material, tutorials for different proposed approaches, and applications.

    Handling inherent uncertainty and exploiting compositional structure are fundamental to understanding and designing large-scale systems. Statistical relational learning builds on ideas from probability theory and statistics to address uncertainty while incorporating tools from logic, databases and programming languages to represent structure. In Introduction to Statistical Relational Learning, leading researchers in this emerging area of machine learning describe current formalisms, models, and algorithms that enable effective and robust reasoning about richly structured systems and data. The early chapters provide tutorials for material used in later chapters, offering introductions to representation, inference and learning in graphical models, and logic. The book then describes object-oriented approaches, including probabilistic relational models, relational Markov networks, and probabilistic entity-relationship models as well as logic-based formalisms including Bayesian logic programs, Markov logic, and stochastic logic programs. Later chapters discuss such topics as probabilistic models with unknown objects, relational dependency networks, reinforcement learning in relational domains, and information extraction. By presenting a variety of approaches, the book highlights commonalities and clarifies important differences among proposed approaches and, along the way, identifies important representational and algorithmic issues. Numerous applications are provided throughout.

    • Hardcover $65.00
    • Paperback $55.00