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Across the BoundariesExtrapolation in Biology and Social Science$
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Daniel Steel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001

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Interventions, Causal Effects, and Causal Relevance

Interventions, Causal Effects, and Causal Relevance

(p.11) 2 Interventions, Causal Effects, and Causal Relevance
Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents and explicates several concepts—namely, those listed in the chapter title—concerning causality and probability that play a fundamental role in the treatment of extrapolation in heterogeneous populations developed in the remainder of the book. Although the concepts of intervention and causal effect are mostly borrowed from other authors, an original definition of positive and negative relevance for examples involving quantitative variables is provided.

Keywords:   probabilistic causality, intervention, causal relevance, contextual unanimity

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