# External Validity: From Do-Calculus to Transportability Across Populations

@article{Pearl2015ExternalVF, title={External Validity: From Do-Calculus to Transportability Across Populations}, author={Judea Pearl and Elias Bareinboim}, journal={Probabilistic and Causal Inference}, year={2015} }

The generalizability of empirical findings to new environments, settings or populations, often called "external validity," is essential in most scientific explorations. This paper treats a particular problem of generalizability, called "transportability," defined as a license to transfer causal effects learned in experimental studies to a new population, in which only observational studies can be conducted. We introduce a formal representation called "selection diagrams" for expressing…

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