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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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Causal Structure and Mechanisms

Causal Structure and Mechanisms

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(p.30) 3 Causal Structure and Mechanisms
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Across the Boundaries
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Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.003.0003

This chapter explicates the connection between the qualitative concept of a mechanism and the probabilistic causal concepts described in the previous chapter. The main thesis is that, for a broad range of cases of interest to the present study, it is reasonable to identify mechanisms with what is called causal structure in work on the problem of inferring causal conclusions from statistical data.

Keywords:   mechanisms, causal structure, empirical analysis, modularity

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