Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach, Part I: Causes

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We propose a new definition of actual causes, using structural equations to model counterfactuals. We show that the definition yields a plausible and elegant account of causation that handles well examples which have caused problems for other definitions and resolves major difficulties in the traditional account. Supported in part by NSF under grant IRI-96-25901 Supported in part by grants from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, and MICRO.

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@article{Halpern2000CausesAE, title={Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach, Part I: Causes}, author={Joseph Y. Halpern and Judea Pearl}, journal={CoRR}, year={2000}, volume={cs.AI/0011012} }