# Input Data

The FactorGraph package requires knowledge about the joint probability density function $g(\mathcal{X})$ of the set of random variables $\mathcal{X} = \{x_1,\dots,x_n\}$ that can be factorised proportionally ($\propto$) to a product of local functions:

$$$g(\mathcal{X}) \propto \prod_{i=1}^m \psi_i(\mathcal{X}_i).$$$

The FactorGraph package supports continuous random variables, where local function $\psi_i(\mathcal{X}_i)$ is defined as a continuous Gaussian distribution:

$$$\mathcal{N}(z_i|\mathcal{X}_i,v_i) \propto \exp\Bigg\{-\cfrac{[z_i-h_i(\mathcal{X}_i)]^2}{2v_i}\Bigg\}.$$$

Hence, the local function is associated with observation $z_i$, variance $v_i$, and linear equation $h_i(\mathcal{X}_i)$. To describe the joint probability density function $g(\mathcal{X})$, it is enough to define the coefficient matrix containing coefficients of the equations, and vectors of observation and variance values. Then, the $i$-th row of the coefficient matrix, with consistent entries of observation and variance, defines the local function $\psi_i(\mathcal{X}_i)$.

Thus, the input data structure includes the coefficient variable which describes coefficients of the equations, while variables observation and variance represent observation and variance vectors, respectively. The functions continuousModel() and continuousTreeModel() accept variables coefficient, observation and variance.

#### Build the graphical model

Let us observe the following joint probability density function:

$$$g(\mathcal{X}) \propto \exp\Bigg\{-\cfrac{[2.5 - 0.2x_1]^2}{2\cdot 1.1}\Bigg\}\exp\Bigg\{-\cfrac{[0.6 - (2.1x_1 + 3.4x_2)]^2}{2\cdot 3.5}\Bigg\}$$$

We can describe the joint probability density function using variables coefficient, observation and variance. Passing data directly via command-line support the following format, where the coefficient matrix can be defined as a full or sparse matrix:

coefficient = zeros(2, 2)
coefficient[1, 1] = 0.2; coefficient[2, 1] = 2.1; coefficient[2, 2] = 3.4
observation = [2.5; 0.6]
variance = [1.1; 3.5]

gbp = continuousModel(coefficient, observation, variance)

Here, the variable gbp holds the main composite type related to the continuous model. In the case of a tree factor graph, when you want to use a forward-backward GBP algorithm, then the following command can be used:

gbp = continuousTreeModel(coefficient, observation, variance)