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Experimental Indistinguishability of Causal Structures

Eberhardt, Frederick (2012) Experimental Indistinguishability of Causal Structures. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Using a variety of different results from the literature, we show how causal discovery with experiments is limited unless substantive assumptions about the underlying causal structure are made. These results undermine the view that experiments, such as randomized controlled trials, can independently provide a gold standard for causal discovery. Moreover, we present a concrete example in which causal underdetermination persists despite exhaustive experimentation, and argue that such cases undermine the appeal of an interventionist account of causation as its dependence on other assumptions is not spelled out.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Eberhardt, Frederickfde@cmu.edu
Keywords: causality; experiments; interventionism; underdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Formal Learning Theory
Depositing User: Dr Frederick Eberhardt
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2013 12:45
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2013 12:45
Item ID: 9511
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Formal Learning Theory
Date: November 2012
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9511

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