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9 it follows: Pr(X)ρ(X, Y )Pr (Y |X) = Pr(X)Pr (Y |X) Pr(Y ) Pr(X|Y ) Pr(Y ) Pr(X|Y ) Pr(X) Pr(Y |X) = Pr(Y )Pr (X|Y ) Pr(Y ) Pr(X|Y ) = Pr(Y )ρ(Y , X)Pr (X|Y ) = Pr(X)Pr (Y |X) In case Pr(Y ) Pr (X |Y ) Pr(X ) Pr (Y |X ) < 1 we have ρ(X, Y ) = ρ(Y , X) = 1, and it follows: Pr(X)ρ(X, Y )Pr (Y |X) = Pr(X)Pr (Y |X) Pr(Y ) Pr (X |Y ) Pr(X ) Pr (Y |X ) and Pr(Y ) Pr (X|Y ) Pr(X) Pr (Y |X) 46 EFFICIENT LEARNING OF BAYESIAN NETWORKS = Pr(Y )Pr (X|Y ) = Pr(Y )Pr (X|Y )ρ(Y , X) Hence, the Markov chain has invariant distribution Pr(X).

Bk ) .. (t+1) (t+1) ∼ Pr(B 2 |b1 , . . , bk−1 ) B1 B2 (t+1) Bk (t+2) B1 (t) (t) (t+1) (t) (t+1) , . . , bk ∼ Pr(B 1 |b2 .. (t) (t+1) ) The realisations of X thus obtained, are coming from the invariant distribution, Pr(X). In particular if Xi is assigned to the singleton set B i and k = p (number of variables in X), then the Gibbs sampler reduces to drawing from the so-called full conditionals; each draw is univariate conditional on X \ {Xi }. This is also referred to as a singlesite Gibbs sampler.

In fact, choosing an inappropriate sampling distribution can have disastrous eﬀects (see for instance Geweke, 1989). 6) Pr (x) x x = EPr [h(X)2 = The second term in eq. 6 is independent of Pr (X), so our choice of Pr (·) only aﬀects the ﬁrst term. Assuming that we want to be able to use a wide range of functions h(X) that we don’t know a priori, we restrict attention to the eﬀect that the ratio Pr(X)2 / Pr (X) has on the variance in the ﬁrst term. When this fraction is unbounded, the variance for many functions is inﬁnite.