Industrial processes are often subjected to abnormal events such as faults or external disturbances which can easily propagate via the process units. Establishing causal dependencies among process measurements has a key role in fault diagnosis due to its ability to identify the root cause of a fault and its propagation path. This paper proposes a hybrid nonlinear causal analysis based on nonparametric multiplicative regression (NPMR) for identifying the propagation of an oscillatory disturbance via control loops. The NPMR causality estimator addresses most of the limitations of the linear model-based methods and it can be applied to both bivariate and multivariate estimations without any modifications to the method parameters. Moreover, the NPMR-based estimations can be used to pinpoint the root cause of a fault. The process connectivity information is automatically integrated into the causal analysis using a specialized search algorithm. Thereby, it enables to efficiently tackle industrial ...
Background. Our previous studies have implicated the primary visual cortex (V1) as the putative visuo-spatial sketchpad for working-memory, but in a supramodal form. To establish this memory-related role for V1, we need to determine the source of its top-down modulation from higher-order memory mechanisms, including medial-temporal lobe (MTL) structures such as the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex (PRC) (Likova, 2012, 2013), which has direct anatomical connection to V1 (Clavagnier et al., 2004). Indeed, V1 and the hippocampus exhibited correlated changes under a memory-based training intervention (Likova, 2015); moreover, the representations for both memory and perception were confirmed as supramodal in PRC (Cacciamani & Likova, 2016). Now, to address the key question of the direction and significance of influence between these memory areas and V1, we ran Granger Causality analysis. Methods. Using fMRI in blind subjects before and after a unique memory-guided drawing intervention ...
It has been proposed that the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) for public health questions should consider the Bradford Hill criteria for causation and that GRADE requires adaptation.1 In this article, we describe the relation of the Bradford Hill criteria to the GRADE approach to grading the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations. The primary concern seems that evidence from non-randomised studies may provide a more adequate or best available measure of a public health strategys impact, but that such evidence might be graded as lower quality in the GRADE framework. We would like to reiterate that GRADE presents a framework that describes both criteria for assessing the quality of research evidence and the strength of recommendations. In assessing quality of evidence, GRADE notes that randomisation is only one of many relevant factors. Furthermore, GRADE is not specific to the narrow field of therapeutic interventions. Indeed, it likely is ...
Common methods of causal inference generate directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) that formalize causal relations between n variables. Given the joint distribution of all these variables, the DAG contains all information about how intervening on one variable would change the distribution of the other n-1 variables. It remains, however, a non-trivial question how to quantify the causal influence of one variable on another one.
Here we propose a measure for causal strength that refers to direct effects and measure the strength of an arrow or a set of arrows. It is based on a hypothetical intervention that modifies the joint distribution by cutting the corresponding edge. The causal strength is then the relative entropy distance between the old and the new distribution.
We discuss other measures of causal strength like the average causal effect, transfer entropy and information flow and describe their limitations. We argue that our measure is also more appropriate for time series than the known ones.
Public elementary and secondary school students; suspension and expulsion; sufficient cause. Provides that in no case shall sufficient cause for the suspension or expulsion of a student from attendance at a public elementary or secondary school include only instances of truancy or nonviolent behavior. Current law provides that in no cases may sufficient cause for suspensions include only instances of truancy.
From the perspective of causal diagrams, several studies had claimed that matching on confounders C in matched case-control designs can improve estimation precision for the effect of exposure (E) on outcome (D), though it fails to remove confounding effect of C [8, 9]. Therefore, further adjustment for C using conditional or unconditional logistic regression model after matching is widely used to eliminate the confounding bias of C in analytic epidemiology [13, 14]. When C is exactly a confounder for E and D (scenario 1, Fig. 1a), however, our simulation results did not illustrate distinct improvement of precision for estimating effect of E on D by matching on C (model 3) comparing with by non-matching designs (model 1). Nevertheless, the benefit of matching on C was to greatly reduce the bias for estimating the effect of E on D (model 3) though failed to completely remove the bias (Fig. 2a and b). Further adjusting for C using logistic regression model (model 4 or model 5) after matching almost ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Causal diagrams and multivariate analysis I. T2 - A quiver full of arrows. AU - Jupiter, Daniel C.. PY - 2014/9. Y1 - 2014/9. N2 - How do we know which variables we should include in our multivariate analyses? What role does each variable play in our understanding of the analysis? In this article I begin a discussion of these issues and describe 2 different types of studies for which this problem must be handled in different ways.. AB - How do we know which variables we should include in our multivariate analyses? What role does each variable play in our understanding of the analysis? In this article I begin a discussion of these issues and describe 2 different types of studies for which this problem must be handled in different ways.. KW - Confounder. KW - Effect modification. KW - Multivariate analysis. KW - Precision variable. UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84906789952&partnerID=8YFLogxK. UR - ...
The Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System, or CADDIS, is designed to help scientists and engineers in the Regions, States, and Tribes conduct causal assessments in aquatic systems. It is organized into five volumes ...
From patterns to pathways. Causal analysis of gene expression data Alexander Kel BIOBASE GmbH Halchtersche Strasse 33 D-38304 Wolfenbuettel Germany
Downloadable! The factor of the earlier/later closing market, which appears in pairs of time series with non-synchronism problem exposure, may predetermine the results of the Granger causality test conducted on classic form. The shift in GMT timeline reverses the exposure of the market to the factor of earlier/later closing market, and may change the results of Granger causality test conducted on classic form. Verification of the given assumption on empirical data demonstrated that the US market, having moved from the later closing market to the earlier closing market condition (factor), started to show the behavior similar to other earlier closing markets.
Advanced Statistics Assignment Help, Causality, Causality: The relating of the reasons to the effects they produce. Several investigations in medicine seek to establish the causal relations between the events, for instance, which receiving the treatment A causes patients to live longer than takin
Contents: There are two reasons for a statistical analysis. One is prediction of future data based on what one has learned from past data and accounting for uncertainty. Prediction need not be concerned with understanding cause-effect relationships, but understanding causality is central to our understanding of data and how we use that knowledge. For instance, standard statistical techniques allow to predict the survival probability of a current smoker, typically predicting earlier death compared to non-smokers. But there is no standard statistical technique that analyses the causal effect of smoking on mortality. The difficulty is that smoking is not assigned in a randomized experiment, and there are more differences between smokers and non-smokers than just smoking status. In fact, defining a causal effect is not even part of the usual statistical and mathematical formalism. In the last 30 years or so, there has been a statistical revolution of developing causal inference, motivated by ...
On the regularity view of causality formulated by Hume, "a cause [is defined] to be an object followed by another, and where all the objects, similar to the first, are followed by objects similar to the second."26 In the medical sciences, this view of causality is obviously too simple and Mackies23 more subtle version of the regularity view seems more suitable.27-29. On Mackies account, a causal complex may be seen as a conjunction of factors that only jointly are sufficient for bringing about the effect. There may be several different causal complexes that are all sufficient for bringing about the effect; hence, none of them are necessary. A factor in such a causal complex is an insufficient but necessary condition in an unnecessary but sufficient causal complex, also called an INUS condition. This model has independently been applied to epidemiology as the component-cause model,28,29 and in accordance with standard epidemiological terminology we shall refer to INUS conditions as causal ...
Redundant causation from a sufficient cause perspective. Gatto, Nicolle M.; Campbell, Ulka B. // Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations;2010, Vol. 7, p5 Sufficient causes of disease are redundant when an individual acquires the components of two or more sufficient causes. In this circumstance, the individual still would have become diseased even if one of the sufficient causes had not been acquired. In the context of a study, when any... ...
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Causality 3: Itt játszhatod a következőt Causality 3. - A Causality 3 a válogatott Mutass és kattints kalandjáték Játékok egyike.
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Downloadable (with restrictions)! Author(s): Michaud, Pierre-Carl & van Soest, Arthur. 2008 Abstract: A positive relationship between socio-economic status (SES) and health, the health-wealth gradient, is repeatedly found in many industrialized countries. This study analyzes competing explanations for this gradient: causal effects from health to wealth (health causation) and causal effects from wealth to health (wealth or social causation). Using six biennial waves of couples aged 51-61 in 1992 from the US Health and Retirement Study, we test for causality in panel data models incorporating unobserved heterogeneity and a lag structure supported by specification tests. In contrast to tests relying on models with only first order lags or without unobserved heterogeneity, these tests provide no evidence of causal wealth health effects. On the other hand, we find strong evidence of causal effects from both spouses health on household wealth. We also find an effect of the husbands health on the wifes
Schippers, Renken and Keysers (NeuroImage, 2011) present a simulation of multi-subject lag-based causality estimation. We fully agree that single-subject evaluations (e.g., Smith et al., 2011) need to be revisited in the context of multi-subject studies, and Schippers paper is a good example, including detailed multi-level simulation and cross-subject statistical modelling. The authors conclude that the average chance to find a significant Granger causality effect when no actual influence is present in the data stays well below the p-level imposed on the second level statistics and that when the analyses reveal a significant directed influence, this direction was accurate in the vast majority of the cases. Unfortunately, we believe that the general meaning that may be taken from these statements is not supported by the papers results, as there may in reality be a systematic (group-average) difference in haemodynamic delay between two brain areas. While many statements in the paper (e.g., the final
This chapter presents fundamental concepts related to risk assessment and causal inference in the health sciences. It discusses the processes involved in the identification of risk and causative...
Joint causal inference on observational and experimental data: https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.10351 NIPS 2016 What If? workshop - https://sites.google.com/site/w…
Peter Bühlmann is Professor of Statistics at ETH Zürich. His main research areas are high-dimensional statistical inference, machine learning, graphical modeling, nonparametric meth-ods, and statistical modeling in the life sciences. He is currently editor of the Annals of Statis-tics. He was awarded a Medallion lecture by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2009 and read a paper to the Royal Statistical Society in 2010.. Abstract: Understanding cause-effect relationships between variables is of great interest in many fields of science. An ambitious but highly desirable goal is to infer causal effects from observational data obtained by observing a system of interest without subjecting it to interventions. This would allow to circumvent severe experimental constraints or to sub-stantially lower experimental costs. Our main motivation to study this goal comes from applications in biology.. We present recent progress for prediction of causal effects with direct implications on designing ...
Fans causal attributions for a game outcome refer to their assessments of the underlying reasons for why things turned out as they did. We investigate the extent to which team identification moderates fans attributional responses to a game outcome so as to produce a self-serving bias that favors the preferred team. Also explored is the ability of team identification to mediate the effect of attributions on the summary judgments of basking in reflected glory (BIRG) and satisfaction with the teams performance. Consistent with a self-serving bias, we found that highly identified fans were more likely to attribute a winning effort to stable and internal causes than were lowly identified fans. Moreover, the extremity of response between winners and losers was greater among highly identified fans than lowly identified fans. Team identification was also found to mediate the influence of (a) stability on BIRGing and (b) internal control on BIRGing. No such mediation effects were observed in the case ...
We outline the guiding ideas behind mechanisms-based theorizing in analytical sociology as a fruitful alternative to economics-inspired research on identification of causal effects, and discuss the potential of mechanisms-based theorizing for further development in organization and innovation studies. We discuss the realist stance on providing broader explanations as an identifying characteristic of the mechanism approach, its focus on the dynamic processes through which outcomes to be explained are brought about, and outline theoretical and methodological implications for organization and innovation studies.. ...
Relationship between two popular modeling frameworks of causalinference from observational data, namely, causal graphical model andpotential outcome causal model is discussed. How some popular causaleffect estimators found in applications of the potential outcome causalmodel, such as inverse probability of treatment weighted estimator anddoubly robust estimator can be obtained by using the causal graphicalmodel is shown. We confine to the simple case of binary outcome andtreatment variables with discrete confounders and it is shown how togeneralize results to cases of continuous variables.. ...
In my previous blogpost on the p-curve, I showed that the Granger causality tests we meta-analysed in our Energy Journal paper in 2014 form a right-skewed p-curve. This would mean that there was a "true effect" according to the p-curve methodology. However, our meta-regression analysis where we regressed the test statistics on the square root of degrees of freedom in the underlying regressions showed no "genuine effect". Now I understand what is going on. The large number of highly significant results in the Granger causality meta-dataset is generated by "overfitting bias". This result is "replicable". If we fit VAR models to more such short time series we will again get large numbers of significant results. However, regression analysis shows that this result is bogus as the p-values are not negatively correlated with degrees of freedom. Therefore, the power trace meta-regression is a superior method to the p-curve. In addition, we can modify this regression model to account for omitted ...
Whether and, if yes, to what extent the degree of an effect differs according to the values of Z depends, however, on the choice of the model and the associated index of effect magnitude. As mentioned above, some effect measures (e.g. the odds ratio) usually serve only to quantify the magnitude of a causal effect supposed to be constant between the individuals.. Moreover, the risk difference is the only measure for which effect heterogeneity is logically linked with causal co-action in terms of counterfactual effects. To explain this, it is necessary to define the causal synergy of two binary factors, X i and Z i (coded as 0 or 1), on a binary outcome Y i in an individual i (at fixed time).. Clearly, if X i and Z i do not act together in causing the event Y i = 1, then. (a) if Y i = 1 is caused by X i only,. Y i = 1 if (X i = 1 and Z i = 0) or. (X i = 1 and Z i = 1). and Y i = 0 in all other cases. Thus, Y i = 1 occurs in all cases where X i = 1 and in no other cases.. (b) if Y i = 1 is caused ...
NP is often treated with pharmacological drugs or other therapy in order to alleviate symptoms or target the causal mechanism of pain. However many treatments are still ineffective for a large percentage of those who suffer from NP. Recent research has identified various genes that confer protection or susceptibility to the development of NP. The identification of these genes and the study of the causal mechanisms of pain will allow the development of more effective treatment ...
從圖書館擷取資料! Adverse effects of vaccines : evidence and causality. [Kathleen R Stratton; Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines.]
David Albert (2000) and Barry Loewer (2007) have argued that the temporal asymmetry of our concept of causal influence or control is grounded in the statistical mechanical assumption of a low-entropy past. In this paper I critically examine Alberts and Loewers accounts.. ...
Anyone trying to comprehend the problems of "the environment" might well be bewildered by their number, variety and complication. There is a natural temptation to try to reduce them to simpler, more manageable elements, as with mathematical models and computer simulations. This, after all, has been the successful programme of Western science and technology up to now. But environmental problems have features which prevent reductionist approaches from having any, but the most limited useful effect. These are what we mean when we use the term "complexity".. Complexity is a property of certain sorts of systems; it distinguishes them from those which are simple, or merely complicated. Simple systems can be captured (in theory or in practice) by a deterministic, linear causal analysis. Such are the classic scientific explanations, notably those of high-prestige fields like mathematical physics. Sometimes such a system requires more variables for its explanation or control than can be neatly managed in ...
When I originally started looking into this last August, I sent an e-mail to the corresponding author asking for a couple of tables with information on "pre-treatment" differences between the exposure groups. I did not receive this. This is quite understandable, given that they were experiencing a media-blitz and most likely had their hands full. I therefore turned to past publications on the Dunedin cohort to see if I could find the relevant information there.. It turned out that I could - to some extent. Early onset cannabis use appeared to be correlated with a number of risk factors, and these risk factors were also correlated with poor life outcomes (low and poor education, crime, income etc.). The risk factors were also correlated with socioeconomic status.. The next question was whether these factors could affect IQ. One recent model of IQ (the Flynn-Dickens model) strongly suggested they would. The model sees IQ as a style or habit of thinking - a mental muscle, if you like - which is ...
Can causal models be evaluated? Isabelle Guyon ClopiNet / ChaLearn http://clopinet.com/causality [email protected] Acknowledgements and references. Feature Extraction, Foundations and Applications I. Guyon, S. Gunn, et al. Springer, 2006. http://clopinet.com/fextract-book Slideshow...
Estimation, lag selection, diagnostic testing, forecasting, causality analysis, forecast error variance decomposition and impulse response functions of VAR models and estimation of SVAR and SVEC models.. ...
Critics dismiss some theistic arguments as "god of the gaps", however, in the case of these three "enduring gaps" -- great phrase, Doug! -- it is not what we dont know, it is what we do know. Everything that begins to exist must have a sufficient cause and reason -- and the only sufficient explanatory cause for "us" is God ...
Now, before I go on to describe what I think that causality IS, let me explain what I think it isnt. I think that there is a difference because influence and cause. A cause is something that is necessary to the chain of events - without that cause, the event would not happen. Influence is merely something that inclined things in a certain direction. For example, if I flick the light switch, I am causing the light to turn on. On the other hand, if I tell my sister that Im going to watch House, that may influence her to stop working on homework. You can see the difference. My sister would probably stop working on her homework even without my influence; my influence was not part of the necessary chain of a events and therefore was not a cause. Secondly, I do not think that causality is passive. If something is passive, it will simply allow things to keep on doing what they are already doing. You can actively push your younger brother, and you can actively block your older brother from pushing ...
In an observational study, the researcher identifies a condition or outcome of interest and then measures factors that may be related to that outcome. Although observational studies cannot lead to strong causal inferences, they may nonetheless suggest certain causal hypotheses. To infer causation in observational studies, investigators attempt to establish a sequence of events if event A generally precedes event B in time, then it is possible that A may be responsible for causing B. Such studies may be either (the investigator tries to reconstruct what happened in the past) or prospective (the investigator identifies a group of individuals and
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Changes in conscious level have been associated with changes in dynamical integration and segregation among distributed brain regions. Recent theoretical developments emphasize changes in directed functional (i.e., causal) connectivity as reflected in quantities such as integrated information and causal density. Here we develop and illustrate a rigorous methodology for assessing causal connectivity from electroencephalographic (EEG) signals using Granger causality (GC). Our method addresses the challenges of non-stationarity and bias by dividing data into short segments and applying permutation analysis. We apply the method to EEG data obtained from subjects undergoing propofol-induced anaesthesia, with signals source-localized to the anterior and posterior cingulate cortices. We found significant increases in bidirectional GC in most subjects during loss-of-consciousness, especially in the beta and gamma frequency ranges. Corroborating a previous analysis we also found increases in synchrony in
We propose a general dynamic regression framework for partial correlation and causality analysis of functional brain networks. Using the optimal prediction theory, we present the solution of the...
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The psychological literature on causation includes a variety of proposed analyses of causal relations: simple correlation, mental models, causal powers, etc. Each of these proposals is subject to everyday counterexamples. Correlation accounts confuse intervention with conditioning and yield statistical jokes; mental models fail to capture conditional information; races and voting present difficulties for causal power theories, as do existing philosophical accounts of causal relations among events.
Acceptance decisions: November 7, 2017. In recent years machine learning and causal inference have both seen important advances, especially through a dramatic expansion of their theoretical and practical domains. This workshop is aimed at facilitating more interactions between researchers in machine learning, causal inference, and application domains that use both for intelligent decision making. To this effect, the 2017 What If? To What Next? workshop welcomes contributions from a variety of perspectives from machine learning, statistics, economics and social sciences, among others. This includes, but it is not limited to, the following topics ...
How do human infants learn the causal dependencies between events? Evidence suggests that this remarkable feat can be achieved by observation of only a handful of examples. Many computational models have been produced to explain how infants perform causal inference without explicit teaching about statistics or the scientific method. Here, we propose a spiking neuronal network implementation that can be entrained to form a dynamical model of the temporal and causal relationships between events that it observes. The network uses spike-time dependent plasticity, long-term depression, and heterosynaptic competition rules to implement Rescorla-Wagner-like learning. Transmission delays between neurons allow the network to learn a forward model of the temporal relationships between events. Within this framework, biologically realistic synaptic plasticity rules account for well-known behavioral data regarding cognitive causal assumptions such as backwards blocking and screening-off. These models can ...
Philosophical discussions on causal inference in medicine are stuck in dyadic camps, each defending one kind of evidence or method rather than another as best support for causal hypotheses. Whereas Ev
Addressing the general problem of representing directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) in SQL databases; Author: Kemal Erdogan; Updated: 14 Jan 2008; Section: Database; Chapter: Database; Updated: 14 Jan 2008
In causal attribution theory a factor that maybe assumed to change over a period of time; for example, weather conditions, the amount of effort an individual applies to a task, or random chance (luck). Compare stable factor. ...
By Kiho Jeong, Wolfgang Härdle and Song Song; Abstract: This paper proposes a nonparametric test of Granger causality in quantile. Zheng (1998, Econometric Theory 14, 123-138)
Author: Christopher Kent. Title: Strokes - Causalities and Logical Fallacies. Summary: Twenty three years ago, while trying to fall asleep, I turned my head to one side. The right side of my body went numb and the room started swirling.
Science is based on causality. Causality means that we have to explain why A happened. Not only that, causality means that we have to explain why A and not B happened. This is the whole basis of science. If the universe is fine tuned to accomodate life, then there must be a causal reason why it is, especially if the chances are overwhelmingly against it being able to support life. For example, why are the number of protons and electrons in the universe roughly the same? If they werent life wouldnt be possible because the electomagnetic force would overwhelm gravity and stars couldnt form. Or why is the amount of matter in the universe exactly what it is? If there was slightly more, then the universe would have recollapsed shortly after the big bang. If there was slightly less, then the universe would have expanded too fast for stars to form. It didnt have to be this way. Saying that we just got lucky is ignoring causality, and is therefore unscientific. ...
Science is based on causality. Causality means that we have to explain why A happened. Not only that, causality means that we have to explain why A and not B happened. This is the whole basis of science. If the universe is fine tuned to accomodate life, then there must be a causal reason why it is, especially if the chances are overwhelmingly against it being able to support life. For example, why are the number of protons and electrons in the universe roughly the same? If they werent life wouldnt be possible because the electomagnetic force would overwhelm gravity and stars couldnt form. Or why is the amount of matter in the universe exactly what it is? If there was slightly more, then the universe would have recollapsed shortly after the big bang. If there was slightly less, then the universe would have expanded too fast for stars to form. It didnt have to be this way. Saying that we just got lucky is ignoring causality, and is therefore unscientific. ...
Nonlinear nonparametric statistics using partial moments. Partial moments are the elements of variance and asymptotically approximate the area of f(x). These robust statistics provide the basis for nonlinear analysis while retaining linear equivalences. NNS offers: Numerical integration, Numerical differentiation, Clustering, Correlation, Dependence, Causal analysis, ANOVA, Regression, Classification, Seasonality, Autoregressive modelling, Normalization and Stochastic dominance. All routines based on: Viole, F. and Nawrocki, D. (2013), Nonlinear Nonparametric Statistics: Using Partial Moments (ISBN: 1490523995).. ...
By David Allen and Vince Hooper; Abstract: This paper features an analysis of causal relations between the daily VIX, S&P500 and the daily realised volatility (RV)
An emergent behavior or emergent property can appear when a number of simple entities (agents) operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective. If emergence happens over disparate size scales, then the reason is usually a causal relation across different scales. In other words, there is often a form of top-down feedback in systems with emergent properties.[27] The processes causing emergent properties may occur in either the observed or observing system, and are commonly identifiable by their patterns of accumulating change, generally called growth. Emergent behaviours can occur because of intricate causal relations across different scales and feedback, known as interconnectivity. The emergent property itself may be either very predictable or unpredictable and unprecedented, and represent a new level of the systems evolution. The complex behaviour or properties are not a property of any single such entity, nor can they easily be predicted or deduced from behaviour in ...
Description: Epid 601 is a comprehensive course in the basic concepts, principles, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research, which serves as a foundation for subsequent courses in epidemiology, biomedical research, and quantitative methods. Class topics expand on those covered in Epid 600. Emphasis is given to study design, quantitative measures, statistical analysis, data quality, sources of bias, and causal inference. The general approach of this course is both theoretical and quantitative, focusing on the investigation of disease etiology and other causal relations in public health and medicine ...
We address the problem of inferring the causal direction between two variables by comparing the least-squares errors of the predictions in both possible directions. Under the assumption of an independence between the function relating cause and effect, the conditional noise distribution, and the distribution of the cause, we show that the errors are smaller in causal direction if both variables are equally scaled and the causal relation is close to deterministic. Based on this, we provide an easily applicable algorithm that only requires a regression in both possible causal directions and a comparison of the errors. The performance of the algorithm is compared with various related causal inference methods in different artificial and real-world data sets.
Mendelian randomization refers to the random allocation of alleles at the time of gamete formation. In observational epidemiology, this refers to the use of genetic variants to estimate a causal effect between a modifiable risk factor and an outcome of interest. In this review, we recall the principles of a
And now my response:. 1. Yes, I think dichotomous frameworks are usually a mistake in science. With rare exceptions, I dont think it makes sense to say that an effect is there or not there. Instead Id say that effects vary.. Sometimes we dont have enough data to distinguish an effect from zero, and that can be a useful thing to say. Reporting that an effect is not statistically significant can be informative, but I dont think it should be taken as an indication that the true effect as zero; it just tells us that our data and model do not give us enough precision to distinguish the effect from zero.. 2. Sometimes decisions have to be made. Thats fine. But then I think the decisions should be made based on estimated costs, benefits, and probabilities-not based on the tail-area probability with respect of a straw-man null hypothesis.. 3. If scientists in the real world are required to do X, Y, and Z, then, yes, we should train them on how to do X, Y, and Z, but we should also explain why these ...
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Video created by University of Pennsylvania for the course A Crash Course in Causality: Inferring Causal Effects from Observational Data. Inverse probability of treatment weighting, as a method to estimate causal effects, is introduced. The ...
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The universe had a beginning and demands a sufficient cause, which must be eternal and therefore non-material, incredibly powerful and intelligent, aka God as described in the Bible.
By David Baker and William Smith[1] Widespread formal education is shaping population dynamics globally. From new trends in mortality and health disparities in the United States to demographic and epidemiological population transitions in less developed nations, access to schooling is proving to be one of demographys most potent causal factors. Research has repeatedly found education…
The project exploits Fenton and Neils expertise in causal modelling using Bayesian networks and Osman and Lagnados expertise in cognitive decision making. Previously, psychologists have extensively studied dynamic decision-making without formally modelling causality while statisticians, computer scientists, and AI researchers have extensively studied causality without considering its central role in human dynamic decision making. This new project starts with the hypothesis that we can formally model dynamic decision-making from a causal perspective. This enables us to identify both where sub-optimal decisions are made and to recommend what the optimal decision is. The hypothesis will be tested in real world examples of how people make decisions when interacting with dynamic self-monitoring systems such as blood sugar monitors and energy smart meters and will lead to improved understanding and design of such systems ...
Parallel construction is also important in lists, whether run in or set off by bullets or some other device (see Enumerations in , Punctuation, Comma, Semicolon, Colon, Semicolon, and , Numbers and Percentages, Enumerations).After completing this CME exercise, readers should be able to • identify the causal mechanism of the disease; • describe the most common symptoms; • understand the limitations of pharmacologic treatment. |
Immunizations are a cornerstone of the nations efforts to protect people from a host of infectious diseases. Though generally very rare or very minor, there are side effects, or
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It is understandable that naturalistic thinkers are uneasy with the concept of miracles. So should we all be watchful not to believe too quickly because its easy to get caught up in private reasons and ignore reason itself. Thus has more than one intelligent person been taken by both scams and honest mistakes. By the the same token it is equally a danger that one will remain too long in the skeptical place and become overly committed to doubting everything. From that position the circular reasoning of the naturalist seems so reasonable. Theres never been any proof of miracles before so we cant accept that there is any now. But thats only because we keep making the same assumption and thus have always dismissed the evidence that was valid. At this point most atheists will interject the ECREE issue (or ECREP-extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, or "proof"). That would justify the notion of remaining skeptical about miracle evidence even when its good. The ...
James Poterba is President of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the Mitsui Professor of Economics at M.I.T ...
The conception of chance enters in the very first steps of scientific activity in virtue of the fact that no observation is absolutely correct. I think chance is a more fundamental conception that causality; for whether in a concrete case, a cause-effect relation holds or not can only be judged by applying the laws of chance to the observation.Max Born (1882 - 1970). ...
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When estimating causal effects, typically one binary treatment is evaluated at a time. This thesis aims to extend the causal inference framework using the potential outcomes scheme to a situation in which it is of interest to simultaneously estimate the causal effects of two treatments, as well as their interaction effect. The model proposed is a 22 factorial model, where two methods have been used to estimate the generalized propensity score to assure unconfoundedness of the estimators. Of main focus is the inverse probability weighting estimator (IPW) and the doubly robust estimator (DR) for causal effects. Also, an estimator based on linear regression is included. A Monte Carlo simulation study is performed to evaluate the proposed estimators under both constant and variable treatment effects. Furthermore, an application on an empirical study is conducted. The empirical application is an assessment of the causal effects of two social factors (parents educational background and students ...
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Abstract: This study examined the acceptability of several empirically supported treatments (child social skills training, parent training and medication) within a sample of low-income African American mothers of a preschooler exhibiting significant disruptive behavior. Contextual risk and causal and responsibility attributions were predicted to be associated with treatment acceptability. Eighty-seven participants completed an attributional-style measure of child misbehavior and considered hypothetically the acceptability of several empirically supported treatments. Social skills and parent training were highly accepted, while medication was not. Greater causal attributions (childs behavior viewed as global, stable and due to something within the child) were associated with higher acceptability of social skills training. The relationship between attributions and medication was moderated by risk. In the context of high risk, lower causal attributions were associated with higher acceptability of ...
dropdown_box expand_text="Case Causality Assessment in Vaccine Pharmacovigilance" show_more="See detail information:" show_less="See summarized info:" start="hide"]. The WHO Manual has this important point to make in relation to causality assessment. "Causality assessment usually will not prove or disprove an association between an event and the immunization. It is meant to assist in determining the level of certainty of such an association. A definite causal association or absence of association often cannot be established for an individual event.". Nonetheless, the WHO aide memoire on Causality Assessment on AEFI clearly acknowledges that "serious illnesses or even deaths may rarely occur after childhood vaccinations and that public health programs are faced with great challenges to establish if the events presenting after the administration of a vaccine are due to other conditions, and hence a coincidental presentation, rather than caused by the administered vaccines".. The WHO, its agencies ...
An interdisciplinary team of AMLAB researchers, a biologist and a doctor won the first prize in the CRM Causal Inference Challenge (part of the Workshop Statistical Causal Inference and its Applications to Genetics, July 25 - August 19, Montreal, Canada). The team was led by Joris Mooij and consisted of AMLAB members Tom Claassen, Sara Magliacane, Philip Versteeg, Stephan Bongers, Thijs van Ommen, Patrick Forre, and external researchers Renée van Amerongen (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences) and Lucas van Eijk (Radboud University Medical Center). The task of the challenge was to predict values of certain phenotypic variables of knockout mice, given data from wildtype and other knockout mice.. ...
Many empirical literature in economics, social sciences, and medical treatment studies the causal effects of programs, polices or drug effects. In the economic context, the major focus on program evaluation literature is to measure the impact of a particular treatment on a set of individuals, regions, or countries that exposed to such a treatment. It is of particular importance to policy makers, medical practitioners and others. In order to evaluate the effect of the treatment, Rubin (1974) proposed the interpretation of causal statements as comparisons of the so-called potential outcomes, which is de fined as a pair of outcomes associated to a particular individual given different levels of exposure to the treatment with only one of the outcomes observed by researchers. Models are developed for this pair of potential outcomes one for the treated state, another for the control state. In this thesis, a panel data methodology is proposed under the potential outcomes framework to measure the ...
Causal reasoning is the process of identifying causality: the relationship between a cause and its effect. The study of causality extends from ancient philosophy to contemporary neuropsychology; assumptions about the nature of causality may be shown to be functions of a previous event preceding a later one. The first known protoscientific study of cause and effect occurred in Aristotles Physics. Causal inference is an example of causal reasoning. Causal relationships may be understood as a transfer of force. If A causes B, then A must transmit a force (or causal power) to B which results in the effect. Causal relationships suggest change over time; cause and effect are temporally related, and the cause precedes the outcome. Causality may also be inferred in the absence of a force, a less-typical definition. A cause can be removal (or stopping), like removing a support from a structure and causing a collapse or a lack of precipitation causing wilted plants. Humans can reason about many topics ...
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I was delighted to discover this new book by Donald Gillies. I am generally interested in and sympathetic to Gilliess philosophical perspectives, and the topic of causality and probability in medicine is close to my heart. So with this as my very positive starting point, I read the book cover to cover.. I will share some of the premises that Gillies sets for the aims and scope of discussion. By being so explicit early on, he helps the reader understand what to expect and what he asks us to accept without argument. I found this useful because it also gave me a clear idea of what would not be covered.. His first qualification concerns the scope of causality. He does not deal with all types of causality, but only with general causal claims of the form A causes B. General causality covers many cases, while single causal claims only covers one case: a caused b. So causality refers only to general causality (p. 1).. Second, he specifies the scope of medicine, as the restriction to general ...
Humans are causal agents par excellence. But what are the psychological processes that have evolved to produce human causal cognition? And which aspects of causal cognition are uniquely human and which are shared with other species? This chapter describes how a computational model of causal inference, causal model theory, can usefully frame these questions and allow the design of experiments that can illuminate the underlying psychological competencies. The model specifies procedures that allow organisms to go beyond the information given to distinguish causal from noncausal covariations. By using this model we assume that organisms such as rats and people have evolved to approximate rational causal inference. The chapter discusses experimental investigations of rat behavior under conditions designed to test the predictions of causal model theory. ...
Conventional (frequentist) statisticians think of probabilities as frequencies observed in the long run of repeated experiments. Epidemiologic studies generally concentrate on nonexperimental research into causality in the health field. In these types of studies, there is little or no need for random sampling in the selection of the study base. However, randomization is needed for causal inferences from conventional statistics, for example, in the study of intended effects of medical intervention in clinical trials.65 In the context of nonrandomized studies, Greenland 66 has questioned the interpretation of probabilistic measures such as a p-value 67 and a confidence interval as summaries of the variability of the results stemming from unidentified confounders.68 An unknown distribution of confounders cannot safely be assumed to be equivalent to what randomization would produce. According to this view, these statistics are merely rough descriptors of data variability. Causal inference should ...
With the wisdom of hindsight, many of lifes most consequential decisions are often a matter of happenstance. In the spring of 1965,1 was in Washington, DC, completing my second year as a Clinical Associate of the National Institute of Mental Health before I was to return to Boston for a planned career in academic psychiatry, when a friend from medical school approached me to discuss "an unusual job opportunity." Despite having secured a position on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, I could not resist this provocative invitation.... ...
Byakika-Tusiime, J. (2008) Circumcision and HIV infection Assessment of causality. AIDS and Behavior, 12, 835-841. doi10.1007/s10461-008-9453-6
Methods for analysis of survival and event history data, particularly under non-standard observational plans. Causal analysis and epidemiological methods. History of statistics and demography. Main applications: reproductive epidemiology, particularly time-to pregnancy studies.. ...
Fulfilling the promise of Mendelian randomization Joseph Pickrell doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/018150 Many important questions in medicine involve questions about causality, For example, do low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cause heart disease? Does high body mass index (BMI) cause type 2 diabetes? Or are these traits simply correlated in the population for other reasons? A popular…
Im happy to see the discussion going in this direction. Twenty-five years ago or so, when I got into this biz, there were some serious anti-Bayesian attitudes floating around in mainstream statistics. Discussions in the journals sometimes devolved into debates of the form, "Bayesians: knaves or fools?". Youd get all sorts of free-floating skepticism about any prior distribution at all, even while people were accepting without question (and doing theory on) logistic regressions, proportional hazards models, and all sorts of strong strong models. (In the subfield of survey sampling, various prominent researchers would refuse to model the data at all while having no problem treating nominal sampling problems as if they were real (despite this sort of evidence to the contrary). Meanwhile, many of the most prominent Bayesians seemed to spend more time talking about Bayesianism than actually doing statistics, while the more applied Bayesians often didnt seem very Bayesian at all (see, for example, ...
One should be cautious about taking our estimates of causal effects too literally. They are dependent on prior distributions, and have wide credible intervals. Although we have shown that our procedure could infer a rare variant if one were present, point estimates of its allele frequency and relative risk are heavily biased. Several groups are currently engaged in fine mapping and resequencing efforts in the regions studied, which will lead to more direct estimates of causal effect sizes. Thus the quantitative estimates presented here will eventually be redundant, although it will be interesting to compare our estimates with the actual causal effects when known.. Instead, we emphasize the qualitative nature of our results, which indicate that most, if not all, associations with breast cancer so far identified by GWAS are likely to be markers for common causal variants with modest effects. This is consistent with the CDCV hypothesis that originally motivated GWAS, but not with recent suggestions ...
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In this thesis, I give a metascientific account of causality in medicine. I begin with two historical cases of causal discovery. These are the discovery of the causation of Burkitts lymphoma by the Epstein-Barr virus, and of the various viral causes suggested for cervical cancer. These historical cases then support a philosophical discussion of causality in medicine. This begins with an introduction to the Russo- Williamson thesis (RWT), and discussion of a range of counter-arguments against it. Despite these, I argue (...) that the RWT is historically workable, given a small number of modifications. I then expand Russo and Williamsons account. I first develop their suggestion that causal relationships in medicine require some kind of evidence of mechanism. I begin with a number of accounts of mechanisms and produce a range of consensus features of them. I then develop this consensus position by reference to the two historical case studies with an eye to their operational competence. In ...
The current study investigated the brain mechanisms underlying the resolution of uncertainty in decision making. The psychological concept of uncertainty is intimately related to the statistical concept of information (Shannon and Weaver, 1949; Garner, 1962), such that it depends on the number of potential outcomes and their estimated probabilities. In most previous studies of uncertainty, different stimuli were associated with different outcome probabilities (Critchley et al., 2001; Paulus et al., 2001; Volz et al., 2003). For example, Critchley et al. (2001) presented subjects with single nonface playing cards (e.g., ace through 10) and asked subjects to decide whether the ensuing card would be higher or lower. In this design, there is 0% outcome uncertainty for extreme cards (e.g., ace and 10) and up to 44% outcome uncertainty for medial cards (e.g., 5 and 6). Similarly, Volz et al. (2003) presented pairs of comic figures and asked subjects to judge which figure would "win" according to ...
Its subtle and there is a long sequence of events separating cause from effect, but this psychotic unwillingness to treat adult people like adults is the primary enabler for the US governments perpetual expansion of power and scope. That stupid, lazy, impetuous people who make bad decisions might hurt themselves is not a bug, its a feature. Its the only thing preventing the takeover of widespread, institutionalized stupidity. It is not an injustice when adults who make poor decisions suffer the consequences. No one was coerced and there is no victim in that picture. The effort to prevent this is well-intentioned and tragically misguided, but happily and diabolically exploited by politicians in the business of protecting you from yourself because to them it means opportunity to grab power that will never be given back ...
What is society? I have answered: Society is imitation"[1]. Gabriel Tarde The text you are about to read accompanies an artistic research project that belongs to a wider investigation into the complex field of relations between theoretical and artistic production. Thus it seems necessary to clarify its status in relation to the works of art produced during the research process. When the American chemist Homer Adkins states, that "basic research is like shooting an arrow in the air, and, where it lands, painting a target"[2], the importance of action within a field of serendipity in relationship to the capability to contextualise potential outcomes is clarified. If we translate this statement in order to understand what research could mean in the area of the arts, arrow and bow are not just any off-the-shelf items, but they have been carefully carved out of a myriad of stylistic and technological possibilities through continuous practice over time, involving numerous institutions, from art ...
There is no good argument for Alistair Overeem being at a 14:1 ratio. Nothing. Legit TRT would never have somebody at that level. And Overeem was supposed to be tested due to the Lesnar testing issues…. Plus he was scheduled for an upcoming fight. So the NSAC had a right to test him.. Now, lets get to two potential outcomes of the NSAC here….. 1) The UFC applied for Alistair Overeems license as a way to get it on the record that he is incapable of fighting for a year. This makes the most logical sense. Get him in front of the commission, have them officially say he was denied a license, and that he cant get a new one for a year.. Zuffa can then either fire him or use that ineligibility to freeze his current contract until the 1 year time period is up.. This makes the most sense, and Zuffa can then say the ACs did their job and they have clean hands of the entire situation.. 2) This is a much less likely option. NSAC finds some loophole to allow him to fight. Zuffa goes along with it ...
The advances have brought third parties into the proxy system: some solicit proxies from shareholders to bring about particular voting outcomes; some are voting services and tabulators that verify and announce the outcomes of proxy votes; and some are lawyers who advise shareholders on the potential outcomes of different votes ...
At some point in your life, youve struggled to make a decision. Perhaps you regularly struggle with making a decision. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, you buckle under pressure, freeze with indecisiveness and back down from making a choice. Youve allowed the opportunity for growth to fade and let another life lesson fizzle. You become stuck in a state of paralysis by analysis. You paralyze yourself by analyzing the potential outcome. The… ...
2) I feel that our brains *do* work in terms of correlation and context (at least on the fundamental building block level) instead of direct A causes B type reasoning -- my toy example would be the way we form synaptic links around concepts when new information reinforces them, which seems to me like adding weight to the probability of firing adjacent neurons, assuming that when we think were kind of doing a random walk on the neurons. To me, this seems like it isnt that our *brains* favor simple, linear narratives, rather when we try to explain things (including the situations when we explain to ourselves) we favor these narratives. Alternatively, I think that we think in two ways, one at a very fundamental level under the box and one at a higher level after we convert to some sort of language (this includes teaching others in a spoken language or ourselves in an internal dialogue). I think the latter way of thinking suits the simple, linear narratives youre talking about, but the ...