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A theory of causal learning in children: Causal maps and Bayes nets
 PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW
, 2004
"... The authors outline a cognitive and computational account of causal learning in children. They propose that children use specialized cognitive systems that allow them to recover an accurate “causal map ” of the world: an abstract, coherent, learned representation of the causal relations among events ..."
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The authors outline a cognitive and computational account of causal learning in children. They propose that children use specialized cognitive systems that allow them to recover an accurate “causal map ” of the world: an abstract, coherent, learned representation of the causal relations among events. This kind of knowledge can be perspicuously understood in terms of the formalism of directed graphical causal models, or Bayes nets. Children’s causal learning and inference may involve computations similar to those for learning causal Bayes nets and for predicting with them. Experimental results suggest that 2to 4yearold children construct new causal maps and that their learning is consistent with the Bayes net formalism.
Causal Inference from Graphical Models
, 2001
"... Introduction The introduction of Bayesian networks (Pearl 1986b) and associated local computation algorithms (Lauritzen and Spiegelhalter 1988, Shenoy and Shafer 1990, Jensen, Lauritzen and Olesen 1990) has initiated a renewed interest for understanding causal concepts in connection with modelling ..."
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Introduction The introduction of Bayesian networks (Pearl 1986b) and associated local computation algorithms (Lauritzen and Spiegelhalter 1988, Shenoy and Shafer 1990, Jensen, Lauritzen and Olesen 1990) has initiated a renewed interest for understanding causal concepts in connection with modelling complex stochastic systems. It has become clear that graphical models, in particular those based upon directed acyclic graphs, have natural causal interpretations and thus form a base for a language in which causal concepts can be discussed and analysed in precise terms. As a consequence there has been an explosion of writings, not primarily within mainstream statistical literature, concerned with the exploitation of this language to clarify and extend causal concepts. Among these we mention in particular books by Spirtes, Glymour and Scheines (1993), Shafer (1996), and Pearl (2000) as well as the collection of papers in Glymour and Cooper (1999). Very briefly, but fundamentally,
Chain Graph Models and their Causal Interpretations
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, 2001
"... Chain graphs are a natural generalization of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and undirected graphs. However, the apparent simplicity of chain graphs belies the subtlety of the conditional independence hypotheses that they represent. There are a number of simple and apparently plausible, but ultim ..."
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Chain graphs are a natural generalization of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and undirected graphs. However, the apparent simplicity of chain graphs belies the subtlety of the conditional independence hypotheses that they represent. There are a number of simple and apparently plausible, but ultimately fallacious interpretations of chain graphs that are often invoked, implicitly or explicitly. These interpretations also lead to awed methods for applying background knowledge to model selection. We present a valid interpretation by showing how the distribution corresponding to a chain graph may be generated as the equilibrium distribution of dynamic models with feedback. These dynamic interpretations lead to a simple theory of intervention, extending the theory developed for DAGs. Finally, we contrast chain graph models under this interpretation with simultaneous equation models which have traditionally been used to model feedback in econometrics. Keywords: Causal model; cha...
Statistical Themes and Lessons for Data Mining
, 1997
"... Data mining is on the interface of Computer Science and Statistics, utilizing advances in both disciplines to make progress in extracting information from large databases. It is an emerging field that has attracted much attention in a very short period of time. This article highlights some statist ..."
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Data mining is on the interface of Computer Science and Statistics, utilizing advances in both disciplines to make progress in extracting information from large databases. It is an emerging field that has attracted much attention in a very short period of time. This article highlights some statistical themes and lessons that are directly relevant to data mining and attempts to identify opportunities where close cooperation between the statistical and computational communities might reasonably provide synergy for further progress in data analysis.
Using Path Diagrams as a Structural Equation Modelling Tool
, 1997
"... this paper, we will show how path diagrams can be used to solve a number of important problems in structural equation modelling. There are a number of problems associated with structural equation modeling. These problems include: ..."
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this paper, we will show how path diagrams can be used to solve a number of important problems in structural equation modelling. There are a number of problems associated with structural equation modeling. These problems include:
Remarks concerning graphical models for time series and point processes
 Revista de Econometria
, 1996
"... Uma rede estatística é uma cole,cão de nós representando variáveis aleatórias e um conjunto de arestas que ligam os nós. Um modelo estocástico por isso e chamado um modelo gráfico. Estes modelos, de gráficos e redes, sáo particularmente úteis para examinar as dependéncias estatísticas baseadas em co ..."
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Uma rede estatística é uma cole,cão de nós representando variáveis aleatórias e um conjunto de arestas que ligam os nós. Um modelo estocástico por isso e chamado um modelo gráfico. Estes modelos, de gráficos e redes, sáo particularmente úteis para examinar as dependéncias estatísticas baseadas em condi,coes do tipo das que ocorrem frequentemente em economia e estatística. Neste artigo as variáveis aleatórias dos nós serão séries temporais ou processos pontuais. Os casos de gráfos direcionados e nãodirecionados são apresentados. A statistical network is a collection of nodes representing random variables and a set of edges that connect the nodes. A probabilistic model for such is called a graphical model. These models, graphs and networks are particularly useful for examining statistical dependencies based on conditioning as often occurs in economics and statistics. In this paper the nodal random variables will be time series or point proceses. The cases of undirected and directed graphs are focussed on.
When Can Association Graphs Admit A Causal Interpretation?
, 1993
"... This paper provides conditions and procedures for deciding if patterns of independencies found in covariance and concentration matrices can be generated by a stepwise recursive process represented by some directed acyclic graph. If such an agreement is found, we know that one or several causal proce ..."
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This paper provides conditions and procedures for deciding if patterns of independencies found in covariance and concentration matrices can be generated by a stepwise recursive process represented by some directed acyclic graph. If such an agreement is found, we know that one or several causal processes could be responsible for the observed independencies, and our procedures could then be used to elucidate the graphical structure common to these processes, so as to evaluate their compatibility against substantive knowledge of the domain. If we find that the observed pattern of independencies does not agree with any stepwise recursive process, then there are a number of different possibilities. For instance,  some weak dependencies could have been mistaken for independencies and led to the wrong omission of edges from the covariance or concentration graphs.  some of the observed linear dependencies reflect accidental cancellations or hide actual nonlinear relations, or  the process responsible for the data is nonrecursive, involving aggregated variables, simultenous reciprocal interactions, or mixtures of several causal processes. In order to recognize accidental independencies it would be helpful to conduct several longitudinal studies under slightly varying conditions. In such studies the covariances for the same set of variables is estimated under different conditions and the variations in the conditions would typically affect the numerical values of the parameters. But, if the data were generated by a causal process represented by some directed acyclic graph, then the basic structural properties reflected in the missing edges of that graph should remain unchanged. Under such assumptions, the pattern of independencies that is "implied" by the dag (see Definitio...
From association to causation via regression
 Indiana: University of Notre Dame
, 1997
"... For nearly a century, investigators in the social sciences have used regression models to deduce causeandeffect relationships from patterns of association. Path models and automated search procedures are more recent developments. In my view, this enterprise has not been successful. The models tend ..."
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For nearly a century, investigators in the social sciences have used regression models to deduce causeandeffect relationships from patterns of association. Path models and automated search procedures are more recent developments. In my view, this enterprise has not been successful. The models tend to neglect the difficulties in establishing causal relations, and the mathematical complexities tend to obscure rather than clarify the assumptions on which the analysis is based. Formal statistical inference is, by its nature, conditional. If maintained hypotheses A, B, C,... hold, then H can be tested against the data. However, if A, B, C,... remain in doubt, so must inferences about H. Careful scrutiny of maintained hypotheses should therefore be a critical part of empirical work a principle honored more often in the breach than the observance.
The TETRAD Project: Constraint Based Aids to Causal Model Specification
 MULTIVARIATE BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH
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