The Frugal Inference of Causal Relations

  title={The Frugal Inference of Causal Relations},
  author={Malcolm Forster and Garvesh Raskutti and Reuben Stern and Naftali Weinberger},
Recent approaches to causal modeling rely upon the Causal Markov Condition, which specifies which probability distributions are compatible with a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). Further principles are required in order to choose among the large number of DAGs compatible with a given probability distribution. Here we present a principle that we call frugality. This principle tells one to choose the DAG with the fewest causal arrows. We argue that frugality has several desirable properties compared… CONTINUE READING
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