DSA ADS Course - 2021
Suffcient Causes: On Oxygen, Matches, and Fires
Probability, Causality, Causal Inference, Counterfactuals, Suffcient Causes, Explanation, Abduction
We demonstrate how counterfactuals can be used to compute the probability that one event was/is a sufcient cause of another, and how counterfactuals emerge organically from basic scientifc knowledge, rather than manipulative experiments. We contrast this demonstration with the potential outcome framework and address the distinction between causes and enablers.