Causality, Probability, and Time

Causality, Probability, and Time

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Causality is a key part of many fields and facets of life, from finding the relationship between diet and disease to discovering the reason for a particular stock market crash. Despite centuries of work in philosophy and decades of computational research, automated inference and explanation remains an open problem. In particular, the timing and complexity of relationships has been largely ignored even though this information is critically important for prediction, explanation and intervention. However, given the growing availability of large observational datasets including those from electronic health records and social networks, it is a practical necessity. This book presents a new approach to inference (finding relationships from a set of data) and explanation (assessing why a particular event occurred), addressing both the timing and complexity of relationships. The practical use of the method developed is illustrated through theoretical and experimental case studies, demonstrating its feasibility and success.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 33 b/w illus. 6 tables
  • 1139603906
  • 9781139603904

About Samantha Kleinberg

Samantha Kleinberg is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. She received a PhD in Computer Science and a BA in Computer Science and Physics from New York University.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. A brief history of causality; 3. Probability, logic and probabilistic temporal logic; 4. Defining causality; 5. Inferring causality; 6. Token causality; 7. Case studies; 8. Conclusion; Appendix A. A little bit of statistics; Appendix B. Proofs.show more

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'... informative and engaging ... Arguably an equally valuable contribution of the book is its integration of relevant work in philosophy, computer science, and statistics.' David R. Bickel, Mathematical Reviewsshow more

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