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The book of why : the new science of cause and effect

Author: Judea Pearl; Dana Mackenzie
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Everyone has heard the claim, "Correlation does not imply causation." What might sound like a reasonable dictum metastasized in the twentieth century into one of science's biggest obstacles, as a legion of researchers became unwilling to make the claim that one thing could cause another. Even two decades ago, asking a statistician a question like "Was it the aspirin that stopped my headache?" would have been like
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Pearl, Judea.
Book of why.
New York : Basic Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2018005510
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judea Pearl; Dana Mackenzie
ISBN: 9780465097609 046509760X
OCLC Number: 1003311466
Notes: "May 2018"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 418 pages : illustrations, charts ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Mind over data --
The ladder of causation --
From buccaneers to guinea pigs : the genesis of causal inference --
From evidence to causes : Reverend Bayes meets Mr. Holmes --
Confounding and deconfounding : or, slaying the lurking variable --
The smoke-filled debate : clearing the air --
Paradoxes galore! --
Beyond adjustment : the conquest of Mount Intervention --
Counterfactuals : mining worlds that could have been --
Mediation : the search for a mechanism --
Big data, artificial intelligence, and the big questions.
Other Titles: The new science of cause and effect
Responsibility: Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie.

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"Everyone has heard the claim, "Correlation does not imply causation." What might sound like a reasonable dictum metastasized in the twentieth century into one of science's biggest obstacles, as a legion of researchers became unwilling to make the claim that one thing could cause another. Even two decades ago, asking a statistician a question like "Was it the aspirin that stopped my headache?" would have been like asking if he believed in voodoo, or at best a topic for conversation at a cocktail party rather than a legitimate target of scientific inquiry. Scientists were allowed to posit only that the probability that one thing was associated with another. This all changed with Judea Pearl, whose work on causality was not just a victory for common sense, but a revolution in the study of the world"

"Correlation is not causation"--This was one of the standards of scientific belief for a century. Now Pearl and his colleagues establish causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. Causality doesn't just enable us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It is not just a victory for common sense, but a revolution in the study of the world.

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"Illuminating... The Professor Pearl who emerges from the pages of The Book of Why brims with the joy of discovery and pride in his students and colleagues... [it] not only delivers a valuable lesson Read more...

 
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