ERIC Number: EJ1025289
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Publication Date: 2013-Aug
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Counterfactuals and Causal Models: Introduction to the Special Issue
Sloman, Steven A.
Cognitive Science, v37 n6 p969-976 Aug 2013
Judea Pearl won the 2010 Rumelhart Prize in computational cognitive science due to his seminal contributions to the development of Bayes nets and causal Bayes nets, frameworks that are central to multiple domains of the computational study of mind. At the heart of the causal Bayes nets formalism is the notion of a counterfactual, a representation of something false or nonexistent. Pearl refers to Bayes nets as oracles for intervention, and interventions can tell us what the effect of action will be or what the effect of counterfactual possibilities would be. Counterfactuals turn out to be necessary to understand thought, perception, and language. This selection of papers tells us why, sometimes in ways that support the Bayes net framework and sometimes in ways that challenge it.
Descriptors: Causal Models, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Processes, Intervention, Inferences, Networks, Evaluation Methods
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