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Actual Causation by Probabilistic Active Paths

Charles R. Twardy and Kevin B. Korb
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 78, No. 5 (December 2011), pp. 900-913
DOI: 10.1086/662957
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/662957
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Actual Causation by Probabilistic Active Paths
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Abstract

Recently Halpern and Pearl and Hitchcock have presented influential accounts of actual (token) causation using Bayesian networks. These accounts have been deterministic. Here we present a probabilistic extension to these active path analyses of actual causation. The extension uses “soft” interventions to set distributions rather than just single values. The resulting account can handle at least as wide a range of examples as the original accounts, without assuming determinism.

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