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Depending on the problem at hand, one scheme may be better than the other. As long as all Xi of X are sampled “inﬁnitely” often, the invariant distribution will be reached. The Markov chain is also aperiodic, because there is a probability > 0 of remaining in the current state (of a particular block). All dimensions of the state space are considered by sampling from the corresponding conditional, providing a minimal condition for irreducibility. Together with the so-called positivity requirement, this provides a suﬃcient condition for irreducibility.

The expectation of the likelihood as given in eq. 13 reduces n(xi ,x ) to a product of expectation-terms, E[Θxi |x pa(i) ]. This expectation efpa(i) fectively smoothes out the impact of extreme values by averaging over all “points”, such that no single value will have the ultimate say like in the ML approach; metaphorically speaking, all “potential parameter values in ΩΘ compete”. This “competition” is more pronounced when the volume of ΩΘ is large, which indeed is the case for dense DAG models—there, more parameters need to be determined than for less dense models.

Suppose we are given the BN (m, θ) representing the joint distribution Pr(X|m, θ), and that the distribution required is Pr(Z|m, θ) for only a subset of the variables, Z ⊆ X. Since Gibbs sampling returns realisations from Pr(X|m, θ), any marginal distribution of any subset can be estimated by way of counting the realisations. : 1 Pr(z|m, θ) ≈ n n I(z ⊆ x(t) ) t=1 By employing a univariate Gibbs sampler drawing from the full conditionals, the Markov blanket makes the sampling process easy. The full conditional distribution reduces to Pr(Xj |Xj−1 , Xj+1 , .