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Toby Handfield
Monash University
Graham Oppy
Monash University
Charles R. Twardy
George Mason University
Abstract
We present a probabilistic extension to active path analyses of token causation. The extension uses the generalized notion of intervention presented in : we allow an intervention to set any probability distribution over the intervention variables, not just a single value. The resulting account can handle a wide range of examples. We do not claim the account is complete --- only that it fills an obvious gap in previous active-path approaches. It still succumbs to recent counterexamples by Hiddleston, because it does not explicitly consider causal processes. We claim three benefits: a detailed comparison of three active-path approaches, a probabilistic extension for each, and an algorithmic formulation.
Keywords Active Path Analysis  Causation  Token Causation  Hiddleston  Causal Intervention
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