ERIC Number: EJ1136553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
On the Causes of Effects
Dawid, A. Philip; Faigman, David L.; Fienberg, Stephen E.
Sociological Methods & Research, v44 n1 p165-174 Feb 2015
We welcome Professor Pearl's comment on our original article, Dawid et al. Our focus there on the distinction between the "Effects of Causes" (EoC) and the "Causes of Effects" (CoE) concerned two fundamental problems, one a theoretical challenge in statistics and the other a practical challenge for trial courts. In this response, we seek to accomplish several things. First, using Pearl's own notation, we attempt to clarify the similarities and differences between his technical approach and that in Dawid et al. Second, we consider the more practical challenges for CoE in the trial court setting, and explain why we believe Pearl's analyses, as described via his example, fail to address these. Finally, we offer some concluding remarks.
Descriptors: Causal Models, Influences, Evidence, Statistics, Court Litigation, Legal Problems, Research Methodology
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