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Main Title The book of why : the new science of cause and effect /
Author Pearl, Judea,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Mackenzie, Dana,
Publisher Basic Books,
Year Published 2018
OCLC Number 1003311466
ISBN 046509760X; 9780465097609
Subjects Causation. ; Inference. ; Causality. ; Statistics as Topic. ; SCIENCE--General. ; Kausalität ; Induktion ; Korrelation ; Schlussfolgern
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  Q175.32.C38P43 2018 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 10/22/2019
Edition First edition.
Collation x, 418 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-404) and index.
Contents Notes
"Everyone has heard the claim, "Correlation does not imply causation." What might sound like a reasonable dictum metastasized in the twentieth century into one of science's biggest obstacles, as a legion of researchers became unwilling to make the claim that one thing could cause another. Even two decades ago, asking a statistician a question like "Was it the aspirin that stopped my headache?" would have been like asking if he believed in voodoo, or at best a topic for conversation at a cocktail party rather than a legitimate target of scientific inquiry. Scientists were allowed to posit only that the probability that one thing was associated with another. This all changed with Judea Pearl, whose work on causality was not just a victory for common sense, but a revolution in the study of the world"