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ERIC Number: ED048362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Pages: 14
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A Theorem to Confirm Causal Directions in a Closed System of Five Variables.
Nigro, George A.
The applicability of a mathematical theorem designed to trace causality of a three-variable path that consists of an initial cause variable, an intermediate variable, and a final-effect variable with control over other system variables is evaluated. The formula was used with a horizontal rather than a normal distribution, as had been done in an earlier study which successfully demonstrated the theorem. Horizontally-distributed random numbers (200x5) were generated and substituted into five interdependent equations to produce five scores for each of 200 pseudo people. Methods and techniques, data sources, and results are presented. Results indicate that the model is reliable, potentially useful to the practitioner as a multivariate tool in educational research, and a possible instrument for the investigation of causality. (AE)
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Identifiers: Causal Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 1971