# Abstract for the talk on 16.11.2017 (11:00 h)

**Seminar on Nonlinear Algebra**

*Eva Riccomagno*(Università Degli Studi Di Genova)

**Sensitivity analysis for monomial models**

Sensitivity analysis in probabilistic discrete graphical models is usually conducted by varying one probability value at a time and observing how this affects output probabilities of interest. When one probability is varied then others are proportionally covaried to respect the sum-to-one condition of probability laws. The choice of proportional covariation is justified by a variety of optimality conditions, under which the original and the varied distributions are as close as possible under different measures of closeness. For variations of more than one parameter at a time proportional covariation is justified only in some special cases. In this work, for the large class of models entertaining a monomial parametrisation, we demonstrate the optimality of newly defined proportional multi-way schemes with respect to an optimality criterion based on the notion of I-divergence. Furthermore we introduce a condition that any proportional covariation needs to respect in order to be optimal. This is shown by adopting a new formal, geometric characterization of sensitivity analysis in monomial models, which include a wide array of probabilistic graphical models. We also demonstrate the optimality of proportional covariation for multi-way analyses in Naive Bayes classifiers.

This is joint work with Manuele Leonelli, University of Glasgow, UK