Causal blankets: Theory and algorithmic framework

  title={Causal blankets: Theory and algorithmic framework},
  author={Fernando E. Rosas and Pedro A. M. Mediano and Martin Biehl and Shamil A. Chandaria and Daniel Polani},
We introduce a novel framework to identify perception-action loops (PALOs) directly from data based on the principles of computational mechanics. Our approach is based on the notion of causal blanket, which captures sensory and active variables as dynamical sufficient statistics -- i.e. as the "differences that make a difference." Moreover, our theory provides a broadly applicable procedure to construct PALOs that requires neither a steady-state nor Markovian dynamics. Using our theory, we show… 

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