On doing the "impossible": inferring that a putative causal relationship does not exist.

Abstract

A simple heuristic is proposed for drawing a warranted inference that a causal relationship does not exist between two events. It is illustrated by a study of the putative indirect causal relationship between Autistic Disorder and the Fragile X syndrome. This study was designed to ensure that a failure to find such a relationship provided good reasons for concluding that it was unlikely there was a relationship between Autistic Disorder and the Fragile X syndrome.

Cite this paper

@article{Hall1990OnDT, title={On doing the "impossible": inferring that a putative causal relationship does not exist.}, author={Wayne Hall and Stewart L. Einfeld}, journal={The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry}, year={1990}, volume={24 2}, pages={217-26} }