An Algorithm for Fast Recovery of Sparse Causal Graphs

@article{Spirtes1991AnAF,
  title={An Algorithm for Fast Recovery of Sparse Causal Graphs},
  author={P. Spirtes and C. Glymour},
  journal={Social Science Computer Review},
  year={1991},
  volume={9},
  pages={62 - 72}
}
Previous asymptotically correct algorithms for recovering causal structure from sample probabilities have been limited even in sparse causal graphs to a few variables. We describe an asymptotically correct algorithm whose complexity for fixed graph connectivity increases polynomially in the number of vertices, and may in practice recover sparse graphs with several hundred variables. From sample data with n = 20,000, an implementation of the algorithm on a DECStation 3100 recovers the edges in a… Expand
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