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2015 BayesiaLab Conference

3-Day Introductory BayesiaLab Course

October 4-6, 2015, 9am to 5pm - Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, Virginia 22033

Course Overview

Go beyond descriptive analytics and enter the realm of probabilistic and causal reasoning with Bayesian networks. Learn all about designing and machine-learning Bayesian networks with BayesiaLab.

This highly acclaimed course gives you a comprehensive introduction that allows you to employ Bayesian networks for applied research across many fields, such a biostatistics, decision science, econometrics, ecology, marketing science, petrochemistry, sensory research, sociology, just to name a few.

The hallmark of this 3-day course is that every segment on theory is immediately followed by a corresponding practice session using BayesiaLab. Thus, you have the opportunity to implement on your computer what the instructor just presented in his lecture. This includes knowledge modeling, probabilistic reasoning, causal inference, machine learning, probabilistic structural equation models, plus many more examples. Given the strictly limited class size, the instructor is always available to coach you one-on-one as you progress through the exercises.

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After the end of the course, you can continue your studies as you will have access to a full 60-day license of BayesiaLab 5.3 Professional. Additionally, two workbooks, plus numerous datasets and sample networks help you to experiment independently with Bayesian networks.

To date, over 600 researchers from all over the world have taken this course (see testimonials). For most of them, Bayesian networks and BayesiaLab have become crucial tools in all their research projects.


Bayesian NetworkPart 1: Theoretical Introduction

  • Introductory Exercises
  • Probability Theory
  • Bayesian Networks
  • Building Bayesian Networks Manually 
  • Machine-Learning Bayesian Networks
  • Bayesia Market Simulator
  • Miscellaneous Applications
Unsupervised Learning

Part 2: Machine Learning

  • Estimation of Parameters
  • Information Theory
  • Unsupervised Structural Learning
  • Supervised Learning
  • Semi-Supervised Learning - Variable Clustering
  • Data Clustering
  • Probabilistic Structural Equation Models


Please download the complete course syllabus for further details.

About the Instructor

Dr. Lionel Jouffe

Dr. Lionel Jouffe is cofounder and CEO of France-based Bayesia S.A.S. Lionel holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rennes and has been working in the field of Artificial Intelligence since the early 1990s. While working as a Professor/Researcher at ESIEA, Lionel started exploring the potential of Bayesian networks. After co-founding Bayesia in 2001, he and his team have been working full-time on the development BayesiaLab, which has since emerged as the leading software package for knowledge discovery, data mining and knowledge modeling using Bayesian networks. BayesiaLab enjoys broad acceptance in academic communities as well as in business and industry. 

Who should attend? 

Applied researchers, statisticians, data scientists, data miners, epidemiologists, predictive modelers, econometricians, economists, market researchers, knowledge managers, marketing scientists, students and teachers in related fields.

What's required? 

  • Basic data manipulation skills, e.g. with Excel.
  • Working knowledge of specifying and estimating linear models.
  • Familiarity with factor analysis.
  • No prior knowledge of Bayesian networks is required.
  • No programming skills are required. You will use the graphical user interface of BayesiaLab for all exercises.

90-Minute Course Preview Video

Are you wondering what our introductory BayesiaLab course is like? Well, take a look! We've recorded the first hour and a half of the course that started on November 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. In this segment, Dr. Lionel Jouffe provides an overview of the course program.

This is a good example of the way we typically host courses around the world. The groups are small, participants are from very diverse backgrounds; most importantly, the learning environment is always supportive and friendly.

Course Venue

Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes

12777 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22033
+1 703 818 1234

Special Conference Rate
$159/night + taxes & fees
Click here to book

  Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes

Conveniently located off I-66 in the Fair Lakes office park, the award-winning Hyatt Fairfax places you within minutes of major corporate offices such as Boeing, IBM, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, and near George Mason University, as well as both Dulles and Reagan National airports and the landmark sights of Washington, D.C.


Nearby Airports:

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), 12 miles

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 24 miles

   Washington Area Map


Testimonials from Earlier Courses

“A must-take course for anyone looking to leverage advanced Bayesian network techniques in virtually any domain.” - Alex Cosmas, Chief Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

“The BayesiaLab software is impressive in its sophistication and multi-faceted abilities as a decision support tool. I had been using it primarily as a modeling tool for deductive analysis. Taking this class opened my eyes to BayesiaLab's incredible data-mining abilities. If you are looking for something that will provide a totally new angle on business decision problems, this is it!” - Michael Ryall, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Economics, Rotman Business School, University of Toronto

"This class can only be described as eye-opening, the tool as terrific. Some of the best instruction for the shortest period of time I’ve ever received. A seriously terrific job.”  - Beau Martin, President of American Choice Modeling

"Attend, attend, attend! The training was well done allowing for both hands-on using BayesiaLab but also exploration of the Bayesian approach. Lionel was a great teacher – to have the brain behind the product guiding you was indeed amazing, no question went unanswered." - Yianna Vovides, The George Washington University

Download Course Syllabus

Download the Course Syllabus (PDF, 21 pages, 1.5MB)