Analysis of Variance of Multiple Causal Networks

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36 (NeurIPS 2023) Main Conference Track

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Zhongli Jiang, Dabao Zhang


Constructing a directed cyclic graph (DCG) is challenged by both algorithmic difficulty and computational burden. Comparing multiple DCGs is even more difficult, compounded by the need to identify dynamic causalities across graphs. We propose to unify multiple DCGs with a single structural model and develop a limited-information-based method to simultaneously construct multiple networks and infer their disparities, which can be visualized by appropriate correspondence analysis. The algorithm provides DCGs with robust non-asymptotic theoretical properties. It is designed with two sequential stages, each of which involves parallel computation tasks that are scalable to the network complexity. Taking advantage of high-performance clusters, our method makes it possible to evaluate the statistical significance of DCGs using the bootstrap method. We demonstrated the effectiveness of our method by applying it to synthetic and real datasets.