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Imprecise Bayesian networks as causal models

Kinney, David (2018) Imprecise Bayesian networks as causal models. Information, 9 (9). p. 211. ISSN 2078-2489

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This article considers the extent to which Bayesian networks with imprecise probabilities, which are used in statistics and computer science for predictive purposes, can be used to represent causal structure. It is argued that the adequacy conditions for causal representation in the precise context—the Causal Markov Condition and Minimality—do not readily translate into the imprecise context. Crucial to this argument is the fact that the independence relation between random variables can be understood in several different ways when the joint probability distribution over those variables is imprecise, none of which provides a compelling basis for the causal interpretation of imprecise Bayes nets. I conclude that there are serious limits to the use of imprecise Bayesian networks to represent causal structure.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2024 02:21

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