Learning and Cognitive Systems

FIGARO: A Programming Language for Probabilistic Modeling Embedded in SCALA

"Developing a new probabilistic model requires developing a representation for the model and a reasoning algorithm that can draw useful conclusions from evidence, which can be challenging tasks. Furthermore, it can be difficult to integrate a probabilistic model into a larger program.

Figaro™ is a probabilistic programming language that helps address both these issues. Figaro makes it possible to express probabilistic models using the power of programming languages, giving the modeler the expressive tools to create all sorts of models. Figaro comes with a number of built-in reasoning algorithms that can be applied automatically to new models. In addition, Figaro models are data structures in the Scala programming language, which is interoperable with Java, and can be constructed, manipulated, and used directly within any Scala or Java program." (Avi Pfeffer, 2014, CRA)