Causes and mixed probabilities

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 4 (1):79 – 88 (1990)
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Abstract In Section 1 I examine the use of probabilistic data to establish causal conclusions in non?experimental research. In Section 2 I show that the probabilities involved in such research are inhomogeneous ?mixed? probabilities. Section 3 then argues that such mixed probabilities are responsible for the way common causes screen off correlations between their joint effects. Section 4 concludes that mixed probabilities are therefore crucial for the nature of the causal relation itself



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David Papineau
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A probabilistic theory of causality.Patrick Suppes - 1970 - Amsterdam: North-Holland Pub. Co..
Probabilities and causes.David Papineau - 1985 - Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):57-74.

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