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Well-Defined Interventions and Causal Variable Choice

Dong, Zili (2022) Well-Defined Interventions and Causal Variable Choice. [Preprint]

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Abstract

There has been much debate among scientists and philosophers about what it means for (hypothetical) interventions invoked in causal inference to be “well-defined” and how considerations of this sort should constrain the choice of causal variables. In this paper, I propose that an intervention is well-defined just in case the effect of interest is well-defined, and that the intervention can serve as a suitable means to identify that effect. Based on this proposal, I identify several types of ambiguous intervention. Implications for variable choice are discussed using case studies drawn from the sciences.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dong, Zilizdong67@uwo.ca
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Mr. Zili Dong
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 13:45
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 13:45
Item ID: 21557
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/psa.2022.88
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: 24 October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21557

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