Probabilistic Definitions of Actual Causation Using CP-logic

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Provided by: Cornell University
Topic: Software
Format: PDF
Since Pearl's seminal work on providing a formal language for causality, the subject has garnered a lot of interest among philosophers and researchers in artificial intelligence alike. One of the most debated topics in this context regards the notion of actual causation, which concerns itself with specific - as opposed to general - causal claims. The search for a proper formal definition of actual causation has evolved into a controversial debate that is pervaded with ambiguities and confusion. The authors' research is twofold. First, they wish to provide a clear way to compare competing definitions. Second, they also want to improve upon these definitions so they can be applied to a more diverse range of instances, including non-deterministic ones.
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