Magdalena Ivanovska

Postdoktorstipendiat - Institutt for datavitenskap og analyse


I am an assistant professor at the Department of Data Science and Analytics, BI Norwegian Business School. I hold a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Oslo and a master´s degree in mathematics from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Before joining BI, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. My research work belongs to the area of artificial intelligence, focusing on topics from knowledge representation and reasoning, and uncertainty in AI. I am interested in decision making under uncertainty, probabilistic reasoning, probabilistic graphical models, judgment aggregation, and causality.


Hougen, Conrad D.; Kaplan, Lance M., Ivanovska, Magdalena, Cerutti, Federico, Mishra, Kumar Vijay & Hero III, Alfred O. (2022)

SOLBP: Second-Order Loopy Belief Propagation for Inference in Uncertain Bayesian Networks

FUSION 2022, . (red.). 2022 25th International Conference on Information Fusion - FUSION

In second-order uncertain Bayesian networks, the conditional probabilities are only known within distributions, i.e., probabilities over probabilities. The delta-method has been applied to extend exact first-order inference methods to propagate both means and variances through sum-product networks derived from Bayesian networks, thereby characterizing epistemic uncertainty, or the uncertainty in the model itself. Alternatively, second-order belief propagation has been demonstrated for polytrees but not for general directed acyclic graph structures. In this work, we extend Loopy Belief Propagation to the setting of second-order Bayesian networks, giving rise to Second-Order Loopy Belief Propagation (SOLBP). For second-order Bayesian networks, SOLBP generates inferences consistent with those generated by sum-product networks, while being more computationally efficient and scalable.

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Slavkovik, Marija (2022)

Probabilistic Judgement Aggregation by Opinion Update

Vicenç, Torra & Yasuo, Narukawa (red.). Modeling Decisions for Artificial Intelligence 19th International Conference, MDAI 2022, Sant Cugat, Spain, August 30 – September 2, 2022, Proceedings

We consider a situation where agents are updating their probabilistic opinions on a set of issues with respect to the confidence they have in each other’s judgements. We adapt the framework for reaching a consensus introduced in [2] and modified in [1] to our case of uncertain probabilistic judgements on logically related issues. We discuss possible alternative solutions for the instances where the requirements for reaching a consensus are not satisfied.

Yazidi, Anis; Ivanovska, Magdalena, Zennaro, Fabio Massimo, Lind, Pedro & Viedma, Enrique Herrera (2022)

A new decision making model based on Rank Centrality for GDM with fuzzy preference relations

European Journal of Operational Research, 297, s. 1030- 1041. Doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2021.05.030 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Preference aggregation in Group Decision Making (GDM) is a substantial problem that has received a lot of research attention. Decision problems involving fuzzy preference relations constitute an important class within GDM. Legacy approaches dealing with the latter type of problems can be classified into indirect approaches, which involve deriving a group preference matrix as an intermediate step, and direct approaches, which deduce a group preference ranking based on individual preference rankings. Although the work on indirect approaches has been extensive in the literature, there is still a scarcity of research dealing with the direct approaches. In this paper we present a direct approach towards aggregating several fuzzy preference relations on a set of alternatives into a single weighted ranking of the alternatives. By mapping the pairwise preferences into transitions probabilities, we are able to derive a preference ranking from the stationary distribution of a stochastic matrix. Interestingly, the ranking of the alternatives obtained with our method corresponds to the optimizer of the Maximum Likelihood Estimation of a particular Bradley-Terry-Luce model. Furthermore, we perform a theoretical sensitivity analysis of the proposed method supported by experimental results and illustrate our approach towards GDM with a concrete numerical example. This work opens avenues for solving GDM problems using elements of probability theory, and thus, provides a sound theoretical fundament as well as plausible statistical interpretation for the aggregation of expert opinions in GDM.

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Slavkovik, Marija (2019)

Aggregating Probabilistic Judgments

Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science (EPTCS), 297, s. 273- 292. Doi: 10.4204/EPTCS.297.18 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Zennaro, Fabio Massimo; Ivanovska, Magdalena & Jøsang, Audun (2019)

An empirical evaluation of the approximation of subjective logic operators using Monte Carlo simulations

International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, 111, s. 56- 77. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijar.2019.05.005

Zennaro, Fabio Massimo & Ivanovska, Magdalena (2019)

Counterfactually Fair Prediction Using Multiple Causal Models

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 11450 LNAI, s. 249- 266. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-14174-5_17

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Slavkovik, Marija (2018)

Aggregation of probabilisitic logically related judgments

NIKT: Norsk IKT-konferanse for forskning og utdanning

Kaplan, Lance & Ivanovska, Magdalena (2018)

Efficient belief propagation in second-order Bayesian networks for singly-connected graphs

International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, 93, s. 132- 152. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijar.2017.10.031

Braines, Dave; Thomas, Anna, Kaplan, Lance, Sensoy, Murat, Bakdash, Jonathan Z., Ivanovska, Magdalena, Preece, Alun & Cerutti, Federico (2018)

Subjective bayesian networks and human-in-the-loop situational understanding

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 10775 LNAI, s. 29- 53. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-78102-0_2

Ivanovska, Magdalena; Jøsang, Audun, Zhang, Jie & Chen, Shuo (2017)

Joint subjective opinions

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 10571 LNAI, s. 220- 233. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67422-3_19

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Jøsang, Audun (2016)

Predictive Reasoning in Subjective Bayesian Networks

NIKT: Norsk IKT-konferanse for forskning og utdanning, 29(1)

Ivanovska, Magdalena; Jøsang, Audun & Sambo, Francesco (2016)

Bayesian Deduction with Subjective Opinions

Baral, Chitta; Delgrande, James P. & Wolter, Frank (red.). Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference, KR 2016

Ivanovska, Magdalena; Jøsang, Audun, Kaplan, Lance & Sambo, Francesco (2015)

Subjective Networks: Perspectives and Challenges

Croitoru, Madalina; Marquis, Pierre, Rudolph, Sebastian & Stapleton, Gem (red.). 4th International Workshop on Graph Structures for Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (GKR 2015)

Kaplan, Lance; Jøsang, Audun & Ivanovska, Magdalena (2015)

Towards Subjective Networks: Extending Conditional Reasoning in Subjective Logic

Costa, Paulo C.G. & Laskey, Kathryn (red.). 18th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2015)

Jøsang, Audun; Ivanovska, Magdalena & Muller, Tim (2015)

Trust Revision for Conflicting Sources

Costa, Paulo C.G. & Laskey, Kathryn (red.). 18th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2015)

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Giese, Martin (2011)

A Logic-based Approach to Decision Making

Bjørndalen, John Markus; Bongo, Lars Ailo, Haugland, Dag, Hjelmås, Erik, Løkketangen, Arne, Møller-Pedersen, Birger, Prinz, Andreas, Runde, Ragnhild Kobro, Sandnes, Frode Eika & Aalberg, Trond (red.). Norsk Informatikkonferanse NIK 2011

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Giese, Martin (2010)

Probabilistic Logic with Conditional Independence Formulae

Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 215, s. 983- 984. Doi: 10.3233/978-1-60750-606-5-983

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Giese, Martin (2010)

Probabilistic Logic with Conditional Independence Formulae

Ågotnes, Thomas (red.). STAIRS 2010 - Proceedings of the Fifth Starting AI Researchers' Symposium

Zennaro, Fabio Massimo & Ivanovska, Magdalena (2018)

Pooling of Causal Models under Counterfactual Fairness via Causal Judgement Aggregation

[Academic lecture]. ICML 2018 Workshop on Machine Learning for Causal Inference, Counterfactual Prediction, and Autonomous Action.

Zennaro, Fabio Massimo & Ivanovska, Magdalena (2018)

Counterfactually Fair Prediction Using Multiple Causal Models

[Academic lecture]. 16th European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS).

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Giese, Martin (2012)

A Probabilistic Logic for Sequences of Decisions

[Academic lecture]. LOFT 2012.

We define a probabilistic propositional logic for making a finite, ordered sequence of decisions under uncertainty by extending an existing probabilistic propositional logic with expectation and utility-independence formulae. The language has a relatively simple model semantics, and it allows a similarly compact representation of decision problems as influence diagrams. We present a calculus and show that it is complete at least for the type of reasoning possible with influence diagrams.

Ivanovska, Magdalena & Giese, Martin (2012)

A Probabilistic Logic for Sequences of Decisions

[Academic lecture]. Decisions, Games & Logic '12. June 28-30, 2012,.

Akademisk grad
År Akademisk institusjon Grad
2014 Universitetet i Oslo PhD
År Arbeidsgiver Tittel
2021 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Assistant Professor